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25 November 2014

The deep lesson of being able to turn up

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by Kate Greenleaf
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As I stepped out of the rain and into the car, my mum was startled by how I looked. It took her a while to stop looking at me. Her words were kind and appreciative, like radiant, and I knew it was nothing to do with diets, facials, massages, gym or even sleep.

It was the internal effects of breathing out, spending an undisturbed week alone with my mind and

 

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As I stepped out of the rain and into the car, my mum was startled by how I looked. It took her a while to stop looking at me. Her words were kind and appreciative, like radiant, and I knew it was nothing to do with diets, facials, massages, gym or even sleep.

It was the internal effects of breathing out, spending an undisturbed week alone with my mind and learning to settle and calm the incessant needs, thought and impulses that whirl around the hecticness of day to day life.

It was seeing clearly the burden I carry by never allowing my world and mind to stop, to open myself to the gentler rhythms of my body and the natural world, and finally giving myself permission to say “This is enough. I have done enough”, and the relief of laying down the worries, fears and ever increasing pressures, and pausing the stream of vexations from endless stimulation.

All I can aim for now is the joyful simplicity I have seen and touched, and allow it to unfold and infuse my daily life. The understanding of the true value and importance of self care, whilst tenderly caring for those around me, and knowing this incredible world need offer no more than this. To see beyond myself and the deep lesson of being able to simply turn up to each moment as it passes, whatever it contains, and understand that all I experience is my teacher.

Thank you.
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