Shake and Bakes are my quarterly check-ins (CHICKENS!). I use these posts to … shake out the happenings of my work and my life in general in an attempt to Shake off the bad and Bake in the good. It’s about … gratitude, paying attention and living by the moon. Much thanks to HAVI over at the Fluent Self for inspiration and to APRIL at Big Sky Astrology for her monthly Working with the Moon booklets.
~~o~~ Last Quarter Moon of Calming ~~o~~
How goes the world?
Twas a good week for this one. A fast week. A full week.
On we go with the working through of the de-cluttering module over on Sea Change.
I have to confess that I have not been giving Leo’s wisdom on this matter a fair shake. I still haven’t watched this month’s webisode and I blaze through his weekly posts…. I resist I resist I resist and yet… I continue to circle the idea of this habit and work through it in my own kooky way.
I shifted my focus to small TIDYings and pretty much LET GO the idea of decluttering for now. I planned to add a ten minute session to my PM Sit and continue with the clearing of the tables as part of my evening routine. I didna do the tidyings after my PM sit. Not one friggin time. I totally forgot about it until just now. Funny, ya? I did continue with the evening clearing of the tables and I also began … putting things back in order each day in the Writing Burrow when I finished up my shift.
I enjoy these small tidyings and I really enjoy the spaces after they are tidied and coming into a clear clean place each morning. Let us call this a success then – though it is different than I “planned”.
The editing/reVisioning of Sanctuary continues apace… a snail’s pace… but a pace.
Zipping along earlier in the week and then hit this scene that has… oh … just so many elements in it of the… new thread that has emerged and gained strength with this draft and… well lordy it just has me tied in knots. But I continue to work it…work it… work it… and I know that the working out of this seeming simple scene has much much deeper ramifications for the novel as a whole. Aiming, as always for the clear clean line through….
May I find my way safely through.
Moving on now to this week’s focus…. Oh Jeezly…. Guess what it is??
Week FOUR – Ξ (ksi) water – health – taste – emotions
Doesn’t THAT sound like fun?
I think I have been noticing this more and more – hence the increased sensitivity mentioned above. Perhaps.
My largest challenge this week will be to practice R.A.I.N with my own sufferings and perhaps with the sufferings of others that I’ve been taking on as my own.
~~o~~ what R.A.I.N entails and how I intend to work with it ~~o~~
R Recognize what is happening. (What’s happening?)
– meaning (for me this week), recognizinf the emotion/feeling that is flooding me.
A Allow life to be just as it is. (Can I be with this?)
– meaning (for me this week), accepting the emotion/feeling instead of trying to defend against it, push it away or deny it’s existence.
I Investigate inner experience with kindness.
– meaning (for me this week), noticing where the emotion/feeling is in my body and discerning whether this emotion is actually MINE or if I am doing the emotional empath thing and taking it on from someone else.
I like the way Tara Brach refers to this as becoming Intimate with with the experience. It is here that Tara speaks of bringing kindness to ourselves. A most excellent way for me to deepen my Self Compassion practice.
– meaning (for me this week), acknowledging that this emotion/feeling is impermanent. That it is moving through me. That I am the ocean and this is a wave.
I know that sounds airy-fairy but it rings so true true true to me. Tara speaks of this in the talk linked to below. The first time I heard it, I finally BEGAN to understand what she/they mean by this non-identification step. It is lovely lovely lovely and incredibly … liberating for me.
I hope to practice mini-RAINs in the moment and include some more formal intentional sits on the side.
There is a fantastic Dharma Talk and guided meditation I found on Tara Brach’s site that will help. I love it. I just listened to it again and… oh it is so good. If you have an hour sometime this week, it is well worth a listen. You can also go and download it as a podcast on itunes. I just did THAT as well, so I can have it with me for a while.
Here’s the audio… RAIN-Cultivating-a-Mindful-Awareness.
Und here is the video…
Okay my pals and pallas….
It’s time for me to go and work up this week’s check in for The Artist’s Way. I’m working through it in company this time, which is very exciting.
I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to keep my explorations semi-private within our SpiritWalkers group, or if I’d like to post it here as well. We will see what we will see.
May we hold ourSelves and others gently this week.
Go easy ~p
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