09.06.2020 Balm for the soul

Date: 9th June 2020
Location: Isle of Wight
Category: Simply Everyday Delights

No head space

I must admit that a few things have knocked me slightly off course over the last week and I have not been actively seeking out Everyday Delights, or documenting them.

I think it’s understandable in the circumstances (read my previous posts for more info). But one of the things I know for sure is that my practice of looking for everyday delights is easy to maintain in good times, but essential in tough times. Its important to me that I persevere with my practice even when I want to throw it all away because the weight of worldly issues get on top of me.

Of course, there are days when I cannot find the head space to take a photo or to document it. The past week has been one day after the next of this lack of space. I have cut myself some slack and said: “It’s ok not to take a photo today or to write about it – rather look after yourself a little instead – have a bath, get some sleep”.

Self care

But I view my Everyday Delights practice as a form of self care, so it is all wrapped up in looking after myself and keeping myself grounded, grateful and joyous, and paying attention to the world at large and the world I come into contact with every day.

I have to acknowledge and recognise that my intense and uncomfortable learning / unlearning journey and the associated shadow feelings can co-exist alongside my uplifting practice. I have to find a way for them to rub along together.

Dipping my toe back into “Delight”

So today, I thought it was time to see if I could dip my toe back into the waters of delight and post a photo.

My son and I took a walk around the outside of Carisbrooke Castle over the weekend. I took my “big” camera with me and took some photos, which I halfheartedly processed when I got home. I’ve chosen this one for today’s post because the walk itself was a balm for my soul. After 6 hours of being on my feet at work, I was initially reluctant to go! But it was worth it – the green grass and shady trees refreshed my and my aching feet.

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