Friday, October 22, 2010

Planting Seeds of Change

Once a seed is planted it only takes a little care to make it sprout. That is what happened to me on Wednesday. It's no secret that over the past few weeks I have been struggling to change my inner dialog. Monday and Tuesday were nothing but pure annoyance to me. Everything from cursing the umbrella for being too big to berating (inwardly of course) my neighbor for parking in front of my home leaving me to walk half a block with arms full of bags in the rain. It was on Wednesday morning when I had just finished fighting with my umbrella, again, that Fabrizio asked my why I was upset. I didn't really know. Saying that I was mad at an umbrella seemed so stupid. The only one capable of making me mad is me.

Tea with Jennifer, my Buddhist friend, was the planting of that much desired seed of change. She reminded me of something that I hadn't been doing. Something so simple, yet so powerful. Whenever a negative thought pops into your head, acknowledge it, let it go and return to the present. She said if you are washing a dish and a negative thought comes in, return your mind to washing that dish. See the perfection in that moment.

I spent much of Wednesday doing that exact thing and by the end of the day I was able to notice something else. I feeling that I had never identified before but that had ruled my life and that was of quiting. Over the past few weeks I had made my life hard. No one was a factor in that but me and based on all of the feelings that came up for me (being overwhelmed, stressed, moody, annoyed) I was about to quit the life I was building.

So thank you Jennifer for planting that seed. Thank you me for being of enough sound mind to water it.


JMT said...

That's great. Sounds like the rest of the week was that much more peaceful. I look forward to knowing what that seed will look like once grown.

Jenn said...

Ah Nancy, I am so happy that I was able to help you and plant this seed. (and honored that you wrote about it!) Keep cultivating this awareness and the seed will grow and blossom.