While talking to a friend this week about health issues, we both realized mid-sentence that we were trying not to show that we were thinking about worst case scenarios. Since we both have a mindfulness practice to work with negative emotions, we caught ourselves laughing. Why is it so easy to focus on the worst case scenario when a concern shows up? Why don’t we comfortably and naturally trigger the best case scenario? Is this part of being raised to prepare for the worst and and hope for the best? Even this sounds negative and a greater fuel for fear than wisdom.
It’s like being told that it takes one wrong action to unravel one hundred right ones. Which mainly applies in a world pursuing perfection, and we all know how tremendously fragile and masochistic perfectionism can be. It’s a pursuit that will ruin more lives than achieve any glory. Freedom lies in knowing that we are perfectly imperfect.
Thich Nhat Hahn use to say “I am of the nature to grow old, I am of the nature to get sick, I am of the nature to die.” When we can be acceptant of our true nature, we will stop fuelling our fears and begin to ignite more love and appreciation for our life, just the way it is.
I caught the tail end of a documentary this week on the life and work of Marina Abramovic, a Serbian installation artist. As she was wrapping the interview on the journey of her life and work, she shared that there were three versions of herself. The artist, the spiritualist and the business side, which she considered the inner jerk. She said that there was always an imbalance and a shame for one or the other. Then she realized that it was her role and responsibility to love them all as part of the whole. They all belonged.
I love this reminder to be okay with whatever shows up. We grow.. we fall.. we get back up. We reach peaks.. and fall off the cliff. Each time more resilient to live better and serve other companions along the path better. It's all okay, if we let it be.
This week I have been walking quite a lot in nature. Often with a friend or a friend and a dog. This body is grateful, this heart fills and the mind clears. No one or any thing can hold and heal you like nature. I can’t recommend it enough.
Over the next 4 - 6 weeks, I will be preparing to do a long retreat. This preparation is mostly focused on changes that will need to take place with our online store. The availability of some of our mindful products will remain as it currently is. Some items will be treated as custom orders with a longer ship time and some will no longer be available. The store will be left in the capable hands of Gala and Patrycja.
I have had a wonderful and meaningful time creating pieces and filling orders since my return to Canada in the beginning of September. The artist in me soars to create and share protective jewellery of message, meaning or purpose.
The Irish retreat is booked for September 5th - 11th, providing its not cramped by the pandemic.
Have a wonderful week. Stay safe, inspired and in touch.