The end of summer vacation, that is!!
Don’t worry… I’m not about to hold up my ratty cardboard sign on the street corners and shout at passers-by about the end of the world and the eternal salvation of their souls… unless you think they’d tip well…? I could set out my cap and hope for a coin…?
I’ve been spending my energy in other ways this summer, which is why it has been eerily quiet on the blog these last few months. (Ah, the dog-days of summer…)
The cloying charm of summer vacation beckoned me to drop all my unnecessary obligations and responsibilities, and nestle myself into the cozy cocoon of my imagination and tether-less sense of adventure. (I do possess gypsy-like tendencies, after all.)
Also, this is the first summer vacation in 3 years that I haven’t had a regular job, and I. LOVE. IT.
I have resurfaced long enough to notice that I have only a few weeks left in which to purchase the necessary items my children will require during their next year of school. (Okay, this year I will NOT procrastinate buying school supplies!)
The realization that my summer cocoon time is winding down is why I have popped-in to say, “Hello” to you all. The eminent tug of responsibility isn’t dreaded this time. I welcome the opportunity to don the familiar routine, which will occupy my body and mind, and provide my heart the freedom to explore, mostly uninterrupted, the things of life and spirit once again.
And I have been filling up with the most wonderful things to ponder and pray. Here is a quick list:
- Book: “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda – Um, WOW! Normally I can read through a book quickly, but this one would not allow me to do that. I had to slow down and take my time. One thing I loved about this book was how it inspired me deeply, and sparked MANY prayer-time opportunities. I feel like I am still digesting it, and will be digesting it for many more months… probably for many more years!
- Book: “The Wisdom of the Shamans” by Don Jose Ruiz – Simple and straightforward, easy to read, but LOADED with life-enriching goodness. I read through this one quickly, but really feel like I need to read it again, taking time to journal my thoughts. The previously mentioned book called me to pray and sit quietly with myself and listen. This book almost demanded that I write! I was too lazy to follow through, though, which is why it is on my “read again” list.
- I have been noticing how much easier it is to recognize when I’m about to launch reactively into a situation and repeat old patterns of behavior, which is great, but I still struggle to keep my “inner teenager” quiet and out of it. **SIGH**
(Even though I made this argument worse by saying something I shouldn’t have instead of just being an observer of someone elses tantrum, I unconditionally love and accept and FORGIVE myself…)
- “The Work” by Byron Katie… essential tools for learning how to remain the observer and not the instigator… Ha!
- It is really hard to make myself go to the gym and workout when the sun is shining and I can practically feel the cool, refreshing waters of the swimming pool gliding delicately across my skin… “Screw you, treadmill!!”
Until next time…