Spring growth

The crocus is one of the first flowers to appear, announcing the spring season. It fills people with joy.

Look at it. Its structure appears so delicate, and yet it is strong enough to make its way through the frozen ground, reaching for the sunshine. I find that fascinating and inspiring. (And so I had fun taking these photos of them yesterday.)

If a delicate crocus can successfully grow through the cold hard ground, we can do anything.

As Don Miguel Ruiz says in his transformative book The Four Agreements, “Life can be very easy when love is your way of life. … Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.”

Where is your focus for growth today? What is one thing, one thought, you can adjust to have a more beautiful life today?

Enjoy the journey; the destination is within.

What my soul told me this morning:

Breathe deeply. Let go. Know you are worthy of all you desire – and more. You long for freedom. You can have it. You already do. It’s within you already. You simply need to let go of attachments and agreements that keep you tethered to smallness. You will fly, my dear; you will soar. You are strengthening your wings now. Be patient and give them time. Soon they will carry you high through the skies, over the clouds, witnessing the glory of this Earth. You will feel light as the air itself, no more burdens to carry, only gifts to be treasured. The sun will warm your back, and the breeze will kiss your body. You will have created your Heaven on Earth. It is inside you now. You can feel it. You can taste it. Savor the entire journey.

Smart soul. I should listen to you more often. I think I will. ❤️

Photo by Carmen Walsh, October 2018

Soul wisdom

I have been dealing with anxiety around asking for what I want, realizing the request will probably not be received well. So I decided to do some soul writing this morning. This was my answer when I asked, What would you have me know?

You are limitless. You are powerful. Fear has no place here: you are Love, and fear cannot exist in the face of Love. You are destined for magnificence. Allow all that is holding you back to fall away. Your peace and clarity of mind are of the upmost importance. Keep getting your house in order – you are on the right track. You are creating the most fertile environment for you to grow and bloom. Smile and know you are helping others by taking care of yourself.

Listen in to what your soul/spirit has to say, friends. It is not confused by the mind’s chatter or those old agreements you made. Allow yourself to hear the truth. ❤️

It’s not all good food & fun

Just in case you thought slowing down and savoring life meant every day is blissful…

Slowing down and getting quiet also provides more mental space, which allows more thoughts to surface. They may be inspired new ideas, or they may be ugly truths that you have buried by staying busy.

Regardless, truth is good to know. It will indeed, I believe, set you free — to move forward with your life. The truth, however, is not always comfortable.

Today has been an ugly truth kind of day. While I have been happily working on my own “stuff” for a while now, I was still holding onto hope regarding a relationship. And I need to let that go. It doesn’t mean I am counting it out, saying it will never happen in the future; it just means that this (year probably) is not the right time.

Letting go can be harder sometimes than at other times. Today has been hard.

Winter heartbreak haiku, Carmen Walsh,2/24//019

You are not broken

Remember, even when the whole moon is not visible, the moon is still whole: We simply can’t see it all at that moment.

We are never less than whole. We are just finding our way out of the darkness into the light. ❤️

Love yourself, as you are right now. Shine whatever light you have and trust that you will be restored to your full brilliance. Cycles are simply a part of nature, nothing to be feared.

A new (snow) day

A year ago, shoveling my driveway would have brought a lot of grumbling and cursing: about the cold, about the neighbors (who never offered to help me), and about the snow plows (that just drove by making the end of my driveway even deeper to dig out). I HATED it. The whole experience made me furious.

This evening as I shoveled my driveway and sidewalk, I was grateful: for being able to work from home today so that I didn’t need to worry about traveling treacherous roads, for the temperatures that were starting to climb, for warm clothes and boots, for a house of my own with a driveway and garage.

Right after shoveling. I would not have been smiling like this a year ago. 😁

Changing your mindset is the most powerful action you can take. It’s pretty simple to begin: just look for the blessings. Once you start noticing them, you will be amazed how much you have to be thankful for.

Sunday slowdown

I used to be jealous of the people who enjoyed leisurely breakfasts and lunches on the weekends. Those people always seemed to have free time to do fun things. Meanwhile, I was always trying to keep up with what seemed like 50 different activities–very few of them feeling like fun at that pace. It didn’t seem fair.

This past year, it came to my attention that we all have exactly the same amount of time: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is our choices that dictate how that time is spent.

Our choices. Hmm. So if I was the one choosing how I spent my time, why was I frantic, desperate to not drop any of the balls I was juggling? And why exactly was I juggling all those balls anyway? Why was I choosing to live that way?

So recently I’ve been exploring those why’s, and that journey has been really interesting. Then I started asking myself: What do I really want to choose? How do I want to live?

In a nutshell, I want to be happy and enjoy this life. It is a gift after all. If I look at it that way, everything becomes a blessing, something for which to be grateful. And so then I want to slow down and savor it.

It’s midafternoon on a Sunday, and so far I have enjoyed eating breakfast, doodling while sipping my mocha, decluttering and organizing my house a little more, and partaking in this lovely lunch, complete with an accompaniment of Brazilian music.

Baby spinach with shrimp, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and Greek dressing. Simple and delicious.

Yes, now I have the less-sexy task of completing my taxes, but I am blessed to have income to report and a computer with which to do them.

May you start finding and savoring the blessings in your everyday life. It really can change your entire experience of life.

Getting off the hamster wheel

I told a good friend recently that I had gotten off the hamster wheel, permanently – so this title “The ONE THING You Need to Know To Be Able To Get Off the Hamster Wheel” got my attention.

The article is spot on, in my opinion. I am fully immersed in Tip 1 now, creating white space of solitude to better tune into my inner voice and discover what I truly want. I highly recommend it.

I don’t know about you, but I want to savor all the deliciousness I can the rest of my life. 🙏🏻❤️ #daretoeatapeach #prufrock #liveyourlifeyourway

Sick day self-care

Because even/especially when you’re sick, you gotta eat well.

Salads are a super easy way to get a healthy variety of nutrients – and flavors! This salad was a baby spinach base with grape tomatoes, blueberries, sunflower seeds, and shredded chicken. I topped it with a drizzle of homemade vinaigrette. Delicious!

Musings by Carmen Walsh