The Easter weekend is nearly over and it’s been a busy one.
Just back off the mountain on Thursday.
It was a great break. Many thanks to Pam for the lovely cottage.
The view from the mountain was lovely when the sun shone … and even when it rained.
Thanks to William for dropping me up to the cottage … Dee for picking me up … and Mags for taking me back to do a few extra things before Pam and Paul went there.
I let Coco run around for a while but she kept going down the road … and I can’t seem to train her to come back and stay.
So … next solution was to tie her to a long long clothes line.
Coco thought she was in dog heaven and spent the next days outside sniffing God knows what … and … sitting staring at the birds.
When it rained I brought her inside and she just sat by the window and … looked at the birds.
I gave myself Monday off and just lolled … reading books and drinking cups of tea.
On Tuesday I did about5 hours of Life Dreaming course design and development … and had a great time.
Miriam dropped over and took me for a quick drive further up the mountain to her place … the views are amazing … you can see into the next county and all of Ballinamore.
Wednesday was a great day for Life Dreaming work … I was just in the FLOW.
My brother Marc wrote a post yesterday that talks about the science of happiness and this scientist has identified 7 factors that let you know if your in the Flow:
1.You’re completely involved in what you’re doing, focused, concentrated
2. You feel a sense of ecstacy
3. You experience great inner clarity, knowing what needs to be done and how you are doing
4. You know that the activity is doable
5. You have a sense of serenity, a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of ego
6. There’s timelessness, you’re thoroughly focused on the present and hours seem to go by in minutes
7. Your motivation is intrinsic, the activities producing the flow are their own reward
Another wonderful writer and researcher … Joseph Campbell … talked about being in your Bliss … having a feeling that you are living the life you truly want … where your values and actions are congruent.
For something like 12 hours I felt totally connected to what I was developing … ideas literally flowed … time became malleable … I felt fantastic … it all was so much fun … and a global Life Dreaming course seemed suddenly doable.
The ‘work’ I did that day will form the core of the Life Dreaming course and I’m just thrilled with it all.
An interesting side effect of developing all these Life Dreaming tools and activities is that I was ‘doing’ them as I created them.
I realised that for a few weeks I’d had a feeling of low level irritation with something in my life … and if I hadn’t stopped and asked myself what it was all about … I could easily have thought that it was my life that was the cause of the irritation … and then made some big (and unnecessary) decisions.
It pays to give yourself reflection time or you can end up making decisions based on the wrong issues.
I took some time during that day (actually it took about 5 minutes) to find out what was causing me to choose to feel that way.
It wasn’t any of the big life things … you know them … am I living my values? … am I being creative? … what is love? blah blah blah
It was actually a few small things that I can really easily sort out … and they are all a result of my procrastination … too lazy or too busy or … and it’s all within my power to change … that’s the best thing about it all.
I sat and mindmapped what was bothering me … and worked out some clear and practical actions … and then some rewards.
My dear reader … sometimes our lives are pretty damn great … and it’s the little things that are well in our control (that we avoid or ignore) that we just need to focus on.
For me … the biggest irritation was how messy and untidy my cottage had gotten (all my own work folks!) … it will be totally decluttered and cleaned within the next week and my rewards will include:
- making a shelf for my spices and oils and cooking stuff
- painting the bathroom and kitchen
- buying or bartering for a comfy office chair
- making 2 throws for the couches
- flowers in the bedroom
When I got back to Ballinamore it felt a little discombobulating … the noise and activity felt very loud after the quiet of the previous 4 days.
And it just got very busy … all good stuff.
The biggest and best thing was that I learnt more woodwork.
My Dad has taught me quite a bit on my last 2 visits back to Oz and I always love spending time making things with him.
My neighbour William offered to teach me and I was happy to be the apprentice.
I call him William Yoda.
Over about 3 hours we built a lovely shelf to hold my spices and jars and coffee cups.
Yeh … it is one of my rewards and no … I haven’t finished cleaning the cottage.
One of my mottos is … reward before … during … and after efforts.
So …the shelf will be my delightful reward as I clean the kitchen tomorrow.
[upate … after I wrote this post I decided to just get going and totally blitz the kitchen. It took about 3 hours and now it looks fantastic … I can actually let people in to see it without wanting to scream. So … it’s all ready for my shelf that William & I will put up tomorrow … good Lizzy. Think I’ll start in my bedroom tomorrow]
We started with some white deal wood … and I got to use a load of power tools and drills … all done safely.
I got to use this tool and do some free form curves to the base of the shelving … really liked this tool.
I love this saw … makes a heap of noise and really does the job. I sawed lots of the shelf wood … great fun.
William did the routing as the tool is really heavy and I was getting tired.
Ella dog is so used to all the noise she fell asleep under the work bench and got covered in wood shavings!
And the smell of the wood shavings is intoxicating … like a perfume.
With Williams invaluable help I made this shelf.
We need to stain it and then hang it … but it’s lovely isn’t it?
I’m really proud and delighted with myself as I learn a new skill.
I’ve wanted to learn woodwork for over 20 years … and now I can with William Yoda.
I’m having a nice quiet Monday. Might start on the kitchen cleaning.
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and it’s lovely to be back blogging.
And no (in answer to you question) … I didn’t miss phones or being online.
It’s good to be back tho.