Act without doing; Work without effort. Think of the small as large and the few as many. Confront the difficult While it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.
The Master never reaches for the great; thus he achieves greatness. When he runs into a difficulty, He stops and gives himself to it. He doesn’t cling to his own comfort; thus problems are no problem for him.
We had the pleasure of running into these lovely ladies on a drive today.
I needed to get out of the house and my head. Needed a break from pain and fatigue.
After driving though a manicured subdivision, this unlikely herd was just what I needed to pull me out of the spiral I started to drown in at the sight of more construction. For fuck’s sake, let’s not go there.
I’ve never fit into a manicured lifestyle.
When I was married and raising my family I made every attempt to look like I belonged there, but in my heart I longed for the unkept herd with the patchy fur and bad haircuts.
The herd not afraid to lick their nostrils with their tongue, instead of those fenced in by societies expectations.
The herd not afraid to let the grass grow wild because that meant more wild flowers, instead of those afraid of what the HOA and the neighbor’s would think.
There’s nothing wrong with any lifestyle, but it can feel all wrong if you’re not where you’re meant to be.
Hell, I have a son who felt like an alien in his body and he’s doing something about it.
I know and love people in many herds.
After we drove a bit, Jase, not knowing any of the dialogue in my brain, said “Hey Mare? When we have more money, will we still live a small life?”
Do this, do that, go here, don’t go there, try this not that………read this, listen to that………be mindful, eat well, exercise, work hard but don’t forget self care……..
Spinning in the circle of opinions and advice is nauseating business.
There are things we believe and truths that we know.
Truth comes from experience. No one can argue you out of your own experience. Your experience, that’s concrete.
Beliefs…..hmmmm now those are shape shifting little buggars.
For years I believed the medication highway was not for me. I believed in meditation, not medication. Oh how those beliefs are a shiftin!
I have tried more medications in the past 5 months than in all of my 44 years on this planet, and in 2 weeks I’m going to have Ketamine infusions.
Truth is: I’m miserable. My body is wracked with pain from head to toe. I feel like I’m dragging it though quick sand. Laying down is the only thing that provides a little relief. It hurts to move.
I’ve exercised, eaten healthy, consumed top of the line supplements, meditated, stretched, gotten rest, listened to and read spiritual text etc…for most of my adult years. I began searching for optimal health in body, mind and spirit in my early 20’s.
My truth tells me: SO FUCKING WHAT!?
Do I believe that those things are “good”? Am I still participating in these activities. Sure do and sure am but my truth tells me something different.
My truth tells me: YOU HAVE NO COTROL
I read this today: “Do not despair, then, because of limitations. It is your function to escape from them, but not to be with out them. If you would be heard by those who suffer, you must speak their language.”
I’ve never taken the time to learn a foreign language but I’m being taught one against my will.
A form of therapy. Give your hands free license to fly across the keys with out pause.
Get it off your chest.
The frustration, the gratitude, the ideas and woes.
Life is meant to be shared.
Share what comes up, free from worry of what others will think.
Have you had a week of weird?
It started with excruciating pain.
Then a consult at a pain clinic and making the decision to move forward with ketamine infusions in a couple weeks. Getting more blood drawn. Reading the MRI report, finding the neurologist failed to share there’s a cyst on my left kidney, and the cyst on the left side of my spine is causing severe spinal chord stenosis. What the hell is up with the left side of my body?
Continue on to driving up our mountain last night in yet another snow storm, having to back up and let some neighbors pass. Getting stuck and blocking us all in. Another neighbor towing my back end, practically sending me soaring off the edge of the mountain. Eventually getting underway, climbing up, hitting ice, loosing control of my truck as it slid backwards down the mountain, yanking the emergency break, slamming it into park, still sliding, eventually, miraculously coming to a stop. Shaking, hyperventilating, blindly making it up, safely home. Getting a message from neighbors that three cars slid down into one another in the exact spot I did. Thankful no one fell to their deaths…………..having to call into work today, even though my bank account continues to dance with a negative balance.
There is much I’m grateful for, but holy shit, sometimes I need to verbally vomit the nausea of existence.
What good is it when you find yourself in a precarious situation and exclaim “I SHOULD have done it differently!”
Why should on yourself like that?
All the shoulding in the world, will not, can not, change the fact that you did it the way you did it, and you are in the situation NOW.
What’s done is done.
Let us also put and end to shoulding on others.
“I think you SHOULD do it this way.”……………”You SHOULD have done what I suggested.”…………..”I told you so.” ……..”Why can’t you do it like me.”
The past is the past. It happened. No one can change the past.
There are Should have’s from the past, Should have’s for the future and Should be’s for the present moment.
Can we remove the shame of shoulding on ourselves and others?
We hold tightly to our shoulds.
Our parents, our exes, our friends, and children should have done it differently.
News flash: THEY CANT DO IT DIFFRENTLY.
No one on the face of this planet can go back and change the choices they’ve made, and we hold the power to give others the benefit of the doubt that they did the best with what they had, knew and felt at the time.
AND we hold the power to forgive ourselves. I here by excuse you from the shoulds you have weighing on your shoulders.
Poof! You’re a million pounds lighter.
~ Funny story about the above pictures. This past Thursday, I was backing down the drive and my truck slid into a pickle. It took us all day to get it out and ended up destroying the fence. The miracle is my front tire was an inch from the edge of the deck wall. My truck could have rolled over onto the deck and into the house. Miracles do happen and Jase never once told me what I “SHOULD” have done. ~
We have dark spaces with in. No one, I repeat no one is alone in this.
I am thankful for the moments in life that have cultivated awareness and compassion.
Times that have knocked me off the “high horse” I’ve so arrogantly put myself on again and again. When I boast about all I “know”. When my mouth is a loud beacon beckoning others to see the world as I see it.
I’m thankful that the Universe keeps kicking my ass.
It was simply my ego’s attempt at trying to be special, to stand out among the rest.
There is no standing out.
There is equality. We are together. We are ONE with the Universe, dancing to the rhythm of life. Each of us hearing our own drummer. We were each given our own tune.
Put and end to dancing to someone else’s tune.
You’re unique rhythm is in your heart dear friend.
Here’s a favorite song of mine. I appreciate the lyrics:
When you feel life coming down on you, Like a heavy weight When you feel this crazy society, Adding to the strain Take a stroll to the nearest waters And remember your place Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came
So which way is the wind blowin’, And what does your heart say?
Like you waste your seconds, minutes, hours, days?
Placing labels on your momentary loss of focus?
Saying things like “I wasted an entire day by feeling miserable and doing nothing.”……….”I’m such a fuck up.”…………..”I never do anything right.”……………..”Why does this always happen to me?”
Do you get caught up in the loop? Unable to see anything other than your perceived mistakes?
Once in the loop, it’s not enough to dwell on the imperfections of the current day, the mind must dig up the corpses from the past.
By the day’s end your brain is a tossed salad of rotting produce. You crawl into bed with a gaping hole in the center of your being. A vortex of black where you’re sure your heart is meant to be. A nameless fear clinging to your gut.
Errors, mistakes, lapses in judgment………all they need is simple correction. We mustn’t hold them in our grasp trying to solve them as if they were a puzzle.
We can set them down and walk away.
They are simply attempts to keep you unaware of your True Self.
Dwelling on our perceived mistakes, puts them in a place of power. All we are doing is delaying our learning. We clog our senses and can no longer hear the soft whispers of the Universe.
The greatest harm we do to ourselves is to remain in the loop.
Take a flying leap my friend! Redirect your course and move forward.
My heart is a tangle of thoughts, emotions, experiences, circumstances, and beliefs.
Stuck in a web of spiritual knowing and medical information.
This journey so far has unveiled that I never enter into deep sleep, there’s a cyst on my spinal column, vitamin deficiencies and Epstein Barr Virus.
We learned of the spinal cyst this week. It explains why my hiking and running abilities have slowly diminished. Why riding a bike is nearly impossible. Walking up stairs requires such mental focus.
They can run tests on my nerves to see the extent of the damage. I can also speak to a neurosurgeon.
So, here I sit.
More blood work is scheduled, I have an appointment with a pain management clinic etc…….I am on sleep meds to reset my body and hopefully get it back into deep sleep. I have a candy store of muscle relaxers, vitamins, and some weird pain med.
As I type, the entire left side of my body is numb and tingling. There’s aching and burning in all muscles and joints. My eyes feel sunken in and my face feels like it’s sliding off. My feet are frozen, my hands are hot.
I have 2 choices.
#1: Focus on all the sensations and go stark raving mad. Dive head first into anger and hatred over how my meat suit feels. How I feel betrayed by the body I thought I was taking care of with exercise and nutrition. Resistance at its’ finest.
#2: Accept what is, breathe deeply, and focus on what I know to be true for me.
My truth can not be taken from me.
I do believe the key to surviving the human experience is to find your truth. Find it, cling to it, understand that it’s yours, and if you tend to it, it will grow deeper and more beautiful over time.
In a world where numerous beliefs are circulating, you have the right to find what is true for you without making anyone else wrong. (I am guilty of going though a phase of thinking I had it all figured out.)
A belief that says “this is the ONLY way” is a belief of fear and controll.
That’s all I have for today. Be well, be kind, and find something to laugh about.