It was a beautiful morn for a little stroll. ok so maybe the intention of the stroll was not initially about enjoying the sights and sounds however we were only a few feet out of the drive before our nature loving selves tuned into the sounds of the crickets and birds on the breeze, the butterflies and the sun shining through the trees. It was the perfect temp for it too... many days are just too flipping hot to be pushing these two in the blistering sun.
A few days ago it felt as though fall was upon us... I had started making a list of things to love about fall (it really is my favourite time of year around these parts)... cozy sweaters, enjoying a hot beverage comfortably, enjoying a walk comfortably, the changing prairie colours... I am not really ready for summer to be over just yet (nor do I believe it is...) however the reality is the seasons will change... we change... and without change well...
Things can get pretty dull in my humble opinion.
When it comes to change, we have a choice... and we don't. While we do get to choose how we react, we generally don't get to choose whether or not it happens. The ease of making that choice of how to react, undoubtably depends on what the change is and if it is something we are initially happy about and or in fact wanted (even if we may not realize it at the time...), or if it is something we are resistant too. Human nature finds us often suffering with change as we tend to cling to the past, even when it is something our heart NEEDS to let go of. We also tend to resist what is the change itself. Anytime we grasp or resist we suffer. Anytime we are suffering we struggle to feel comfortable, content and relaxed. We struggle to feel at ease.
It is when we feel at ease, that things start to feel easy. When we are not at ease, the body, mind and spirit are stressed. It is no secret that stress is the cause of much disease...
DIS - EASE.
get it? :)
This also applies to everyday life. Anytime we catch ourselves wishing we were somewhere else, doing something else, with someone else, we are resistant to what is. Anytime we are fearful of losing something, someone, that the "good times won't last" so to speak, we are grasping at something that will eventually change. The only thing we can truly do to assure a happy, relatively easeful life, is to let go of our need for control of what has and will happen. We must learn to let go of the past, find contentment in the now and welcome the future as it unfolds into the present moment.
This is no small feat. We are not programmed to be this way necessarily. Ok we are not programmed this way at all really. This is the plight of many in human existence. It is finding our way beyond this conditioning that allows us to be free...
...that allows us to just be.
It starts with finding stillness. In the body and breath and in turn in the mind. The mind is the kind of obnoxious kid in class that can really be a jack ass by times. That kid may be a jerk on the surface, but there is a reason for it, maybe they have a rough family life, have been bullied themselves, don't get enough to eat or enough sleep to function in a reasonable manner. Whatever the reason, that "bully" is not really being itself. It needs and deserves love and compassion just like everyone else. It needs you to approach it with kindness and understanding in order to be silenced in a way that allows you to hear what the teacher is saying.
That teacher is the quiet whisper within. The voice that tells you you are perfect exactly as you are. That shows you there is a whole other world you may not have ever known if it wasn't for your ability to listen and learn...
...like really REALLY listen, because that kid can be a serious chatter box most of the time.
I'll tell you one thing, there is nothing but change happening around here these days. A moment of complete and utter joy dissolving into devastation because under the bathroom sink is NOT a place for playtime. Wanting to go and stay at the same time. Wishing little ones could be little forever and then a second later, that they would just grow up so life would feel less hectic, and then taking it back all in the same moment.
We all know that life is journey. It's easy to get caught up in the idea of there being a destination. A place where we will find happiness if we can just make it there. The thing is every moment is in fact a destination on that journey. Each one flowing into the next with no assurance there is anything more after the very one we are in right now.
I leave you here today with the photo story of our stroll. There is nothing like a bunch of cows in a field staring at you with such interest and awareness to prompt you to turn inward for a gander at yourself...
haha, ok well maybe that's just me:)
have a beautiful day friends.
thanks for being.
b & the gang.