“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” – Pema Chodron
I had a steady stream of unpleasant events pop up for me yesterday, at work & then on my way home. I arrived at my doorstep last evening feeling both truck-hit and just plain relieved. Grateful. In each situation, I felt under-equipped to do the right thing, but really had no other option than just doing — doing what I could do in that moment.
I am not a religious person but I am spiritually inclined in some ways. Paying attention is my spiritual practice. (this does not come easily to me!!) Being awake and remaining present. Getting out of my head. This is my daily “prayer”.
Yesterday was a reminder to me that opportunities abound, every day, for spiritual growth and gratitude. Confusing and exhausting as those opportunities are, they are there and they are free.
Day 19 = almost 3 weeks! Practically speaking, i am most impressed by my SKIN!!! I can’t wait to see how 100 days of no sugar will improve the texture and tone of my skin. A lifetime of itchy dry wrinkly skin has made me extremely self-conscious. It feels freeing & nourishing to see and feel that I am starting to have healthy skin.
I’ve been adding chia seed and healthy fats to almost everything & have yet to feel deprived or hungry. (here’s a yummy treat I have been making (minus the sweetener), along with this amazing one-ingredient treat – SO GOOD!)
A friend posted this today and it really resonated with me with regards to my former relationship with alcohol. In particular, this: “Stopping a nasty habit like alcohol abuse can bring out a lot of guilt, shame, and regret. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t felt all of the above at times. However, I am realizing feeling all the emotions I spent years trying to numb is actually a beautiful thing.”
Here’s to being awake.