I’m feeling a big recalibration happening inside me right now. It feels to me like we are in the midst of the dawning of a new age for humanity and yet…. There is clearly still a lot of dross to be burned, scum to be skimmed from the surface and dust to settle before we see the sparkling jewel beneath. Whatever metaphor you use, we are and perhaps always will be, in a process. For me, the shift is allowing me to feel a deeper, more consistent enjoyment of life. I am finding myself noticing how good things are, how fortunate I am and how far my family and I have come in our journey to create our ‘good life’. And then there are moments when I find myself still wondering, what’s next? The process is what we are here to experience. There is no single ultimate destination, but many. So although uncertainty and indecision about one’s life direction can feel scary and frustrating, it’s only natural. In fact, having it all 100% sorted is the opposite of what we have come here to do. Each one of us is the sparkling jewel. All unique and yet all connected by the divine light shining within. Be who you are Be love Be
Month: December 2012
This week we commenced the final clean for the bond inspection of the rental property we recently vacated. As I drove over there to start the vacuuming and tackle the dirty glass on the wood stove door, I have to admit, I felt a little flat and just a teensy bit resentful that this was how I would be spending my morning.
I had a little think about how I was feeling. While reminding myself to feel grateful for my amazing life and how this day would be a distant memory in no time, I remembered this quote by Gary Snyder:
“…master the twenty four hours. Do it well, without self-pity. It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning. One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition. Repetition and their good results come in many forms. Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick – don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits. Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path” – it is our path.”
We are here as human beings to do the big things as well as the little things. Landing a new job, winning an award, making a speech at your child’s wedding. These are the events we label as ‘big’. Putting sunscreen on a child’s face, doing the dishes, folding the washing, paying a bill. These are the events we label as ‘small’.
When we can take care of the so-called ‘small stuff of life’ with as much presence, care and gratitude as we do the more exciting moments, our capacity to feel peaceful, content and balanced in our emotions 99% of the time expands exponentially.
After all, isn’t most of life taken up with everyday stuff? We might as well grab it by the lapels and give it a great big kiss!
Love it all!