I’ve just come across an interesting article. It’s based around the idea of living SIMPLE. I saw the first three sub-titles of eat simple, and shop simple etc and said: “I want to FEEL Simple. To Feel simply.”
I’ve read on further now, and it’s no. 8 on the list. And boy do I need to get into the habit of no. 17.
Whenever I read her blog, I find that I already know almost everything it says. But I don’t USE it. I don’t know how to implement it into my life. Integrate the quiet and complain free into a house of 12 teenagers I live with.
Not an excuse, but a reason for why I struggle.
“When you adopt obsession, you require hard hits of big things to wake up the you that has become numb. It’s as if food has to be spicier, saltier, and fattier. Music has to be louder and faster. Moments need to be “events” to get you to notice them. It takes more flash to feel good. It takes more bling to be present.” ~ Christine Kane.
I feel as if I know that so well.
My tea is a good example I’ve just thought of. I’m now drinking a ‘green tea with mint’ infusion. It made me roll my eyes in pleasure, because I haven’t had it in over 3 weeks now, and the taste is refreshing. While reading about delight in this post by Christine, I felt the taste and the delight in that first sip of tea, and once more, remembered that this was delight in the present moment. During the next paragraph of reading, I appear to have eaten the last of the two Jaffa Cakes I brought up with me without noticing, even though I’m not hungry. Case in point, I think.
I’m suddenly wondering if the reason I don’t have any readers is because I’m lacking in cohesion within my posts. I write as I feel. I tell you I’m having another sip of tea or I’m about to go out, and pick up the post on a totally different topic. I started this one, for example, about Irish dreams and how I’m struggling with who I’ve become over the years. Here I am, discussing how tea beats Jaffa cakes. I’m not sure if I may even omit some of this post and then it will be lacking even more flow.
And having read up on the Whine-Free Diet again, I just COMPLAINED about my lack of cohesion? –sigh-
Send me the complaint-free contract, Quick.
My steps for the next 4 weeks:
* Open the window for ten minutes a day and just breathe. Watch. Listen.
* No Whine Diet
* Drink more tea and let the first 3 sips be silent. Breathe and smile as I take the first three sips (That’s about 5-6 cups of herbal tea a day)
* Do some form of expression twice a week: Bellydance, ritual, prayer, meditation, art, blog posts and poetry all included.
* Read a book for at least 30 minutes a day.
* Leave the house at least once every other weekend.
* GRATITUDE, Rose! – I had this one sorted for a good few weeks. Get out that journal and get back to work, Rose!
* 7 items for my gratitude list per day.
Any form of encouragement, ideas for other steps, books to read on it, a schedule or energising words or motivation would be much appreciated. I feel inspired on days like this and by 3 days I’ve lost it. I’ve either obsessed over one part of my life, so I’m out of balance, or I take on too much, trying to keep each section of my life in balance and barely manage to finish my projects so I feel I’ve not achieved anything.
I’m thinking of writing a little mantra, but I’ve no idea what to say write now. So far I’m stuck with something like:
“I Love This” or “That’s Enough Eeyore!” or even “Is this true?”
But then there’s something I read earlier which I might try:
I’m so grateful that “I have a big glittery fish!”
What are your best mantras for self-improvement/facing fears/breaking negative patterns/doing your homework on time??