This is a busy time of year for many people. However times like this are when we often need to take more time out for reflection so as to keep the stress levels lower. Easier said than done, I know. But noticing the little things can bring us more joy.
The following things have brought me joy and gratitude this last week:
Watching beautiful sunsets from our home
Laughing with my grandchildren
Watching my grandchildren play
Spending time with my family
Spending time with my students at a reunion
Reading a book that’s hard to put down
Studying Kabbalah with my teacher and study group
Receiving emails of appreciation for things I’ve done this year
I always find the process of decluttering a positive experience. For some reason, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to put old work related notes into the recycling bin, or take stuff to the opp shop, knowing that it will benefit someone else.
I came across the two drawings in this post during the process of decluttering my filing cabinet. They were drawn during a Hanukah spirituality workshop that was held at the home of Dorothea, one of my wonderful soul sisters, back in 2008.
I’ve included the drawings in this post, not because they are amazing works of art, but to make several points.
We don’t have to be perfect. In fact, wanting to be perfect creates unnecessary burdens and stress.
Children don’t get upset if they don’t colour within the lines of a colouring book outline. It’s only when adults tell them they are doing it wrong that they become aware of how they ‘should be doing it’. It’s like that with a lot of education. In many cases, thinking outside of the box is frowned upon, and adults need to unlearn the approach they learnt at school and university.
Original ideas are like seeds. They need to be nurtured in order to grow and flourish. So does our soul. What are you planning to do to nurture your soul over the next week, month and year?
A joyous soul that is nurtured results in the ability to be more productive. What are your plans for 2016?
I have a long list…..
But during this upcoming break, I’m just going to choose to be a human be-ing as much as possible, rather than a human do-ing.
Season’s greetings to all of you, and may we all find the courage to live authentically and not be afraid to show the world who we truly are.
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