We can travel wide, but that of itself will not fundamentally change us. For our lives to change, we must travel deep.
~ Marianne Williamson
Last week, I wrote about being out of balance. I hear this from so many of my mommy friends, especially those of us who feel conflicted about our careers and families. But how do we regain a sense of equilibrium in a modern world that’s going well over our personal speed limits.
(Insert ironic chuckle here considering the Universe confiscated my car for at least two weeks!)
It seems I’m being called to walk the talk, to teach as I learn, as it were. I still believe that the answers lie within — where our Higher Purpose is reflected in the stillness. Inside, we are most connected to our God. But getting there requires sloughing off layers and layers or crap — literally and figuratively. I haven’t had the fortitude “to go deep” and look at all the demons along the way, to tune out all the noise, to sift through all the baggage that I’ve carried with me to this point.
Dramatic? Okay, it sounds heavy but practically speaking, that means that as the end of 2010 approaches, I’m doing inventory and tossing out everything that no longer serves me — in my house, in my body, and in my heart. As I told my kids this weekend, “It’s time to make room for all the new gifts you’ll be getting soon.”
As Kelli so eloquently put it, “I think that God blesses us with gifts and talents that can and should be used to His glory.” So as they tackle the playroom. I’m attacking the pantry. Who’s with me?!
What do I expect to gain by cleaning out the crusty pantry of my soul? I want to walk with God! Marianne says:
A closer walk with God means narrowing the gap between our thoughts and God’s thoughts. How many times have we done things we came to later regret, for no other reason than that at that particular moment we were not in touch with our higher selves? We were allowing a fear-based imposter self to pose as who we are, while our essential, loving self lay buried and bereft beneath the illusions of our unsatisfied lives.
Today is November 1, Dia de los Muertos in some cultures, an auspicious day to begin. Begin what?
1) Daily Meditation/Prayer
Resurrecting the 30 Day Challenge: 30 minutes of silence every day for 30 days.
2) Real Food
– Vegetarian, organic, minimally processed fare for 30 days.
– Five day cleanse/fast
3) Fall Cleaning
– Beginning with the insides… beware all closets and cabinets!!!
I know you’re all saying, “Yay! Where do I sign up? There’s comfort in numbers, friends! C’mon, we can do it!”
How to Get Real
Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon, co-creator of the Yoga Parenting course. Are you ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful?