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Weekly Photo Challenge – Selfie

And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.  It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous. ~ Rumi

 

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I’ve not participated in  Weekly Photo Challenges before this one, but I thought I’d stretch a little.  I’m typically very Selfie challenged, but I called on my friendly neighbourhood trees to give me a hand (and a place to hide) .

I’m tired of winter.  The cold is taking its toll, yes.  I can relate to Rumi’s image of a major party going on under the frozen ground.  I’m pretty sure we’re all invited!

Cold Night, Warm Heart

I picked up a present for my Secret Santa person today (I can’t say what it is in case she’s reading this post and although she won’t know I’m “it”, she’ll know this present and wish I was her Secret Santa and if I’m not, she’ll be disappointed that she doesn’t get this very cool present!).

Snowy Fenceposts

The path along my walk home.

Walking home in the frigid evening, watching all the rush hour traffic along Memorial Drive, I felt a wee bit giddy at the idea of wrapping this little gift.  Everyone loves one of these.  I got my first one in my stocking years ago as a kid living out in the country.  It’s one of the easiest toys to play with.  I felt warm and cosy in spite of the cold darkness.  Treasured traditions that make me love this time of year filled my heart and head, and grins washed over me.  The shopping in secret.  Hiding presents, like the black patent leather shoes hidden in the window sill on the stairs landing.  Making a little deposit for a family ring for my mom.  And sharing with great enthusiasm with my sisters and brothers.  BAKING!  And sneaking some of the cookies out of the deep freeze (not me though!). Wait! Keep reading here!

How to Receive in Three Easy Steps

Oh my gosh I can’t get anything done because I don’t know where to start!

The voices in my head are so chaotic and loud, I have no idea what they’re saying!

What the heck am I supposed to do?  How can I get clarity when the reception is fuzzy?  The rabbit ears are held together with aluminum foil and tape and the signal is wonky.

What the *%$# is going on?

Do any of the above sound familiar to you?  Are you tired of being stuck in the fog, behind the glass, under water?

Well, this wee little 1 minute exercise will change your life.  I’m serious.  It will.

It’s a simple 3-step exercise that you can do anywhere. Any time.  As many times as you like per day.

Ready?

Here’s what you need:

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You.  That’s it.  No special equipment or training required.  Just you.

Here’s what you do:

Stop

 

Step 1:

STOP!  Anytime that you feel so overwhelmed that you cannot move.  Stop.  You’re almost there already.  Stand still.  Be a mannequin.  (If you happen to be in the middle of the crosswalk street, wait until you get across the street).

Step 2:

Breathe.  One deep breath in.  Then out.  Nothing fancy required here.  You can, if you like, do belly breathing  – watch your abdomen expand when you breathe in and contract when you exhale.  Or just nice easy breath in and out.  C’est tout.  In.  Out.  One minute.  60 seconds.  In.  Out.photo(1)

Step 3: 

Listen.  Listen.  Maybe hear your breath.  Maybe hear the cars driving by.  Maybe the noise from another room.  Maybe little voices in your head.  Thoughts racing through.  No judgement.  Just listen.

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You are now primed to receive all that you need.

But Sheryl!  I’m no closer to figuring it out with all the noise!  How am I supposed to decipher the good from the garbage?

Glad you asked.

Practice. 

Stopping allows you to focus on your breath.  While you focus on your breathing, let all the chaos wander through.  Don’t judge whatever thought comes to your mind.  Let it meander on, greet it if you like. Honour it. Let it flow.  Let it go.    Eventually the important things that you need to hear, will make their way to the front.

Simple.  Three little steps that you can use to start your day.  At lunch, at bed time. While waiting for the kettle.  Or for the light to change.  Any time.

Try it right now.  Let me know in the comments below how it works.

Three Joyful Things

Three firsts in this short post:
1. Using my iPad to post
2. Adding images
3. My first weekly challenge

I’m celebrating!

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