Grandmother Bird, when will I achieve enlightenment? I have been meditating and praying for days on end?
Enlightenment will come in due time, little dragonfly. But today you must “chop wood and carry water”.
Chop wood and Carry Water was a popular book, a guide to finding spiritual fulfillment in everyday life by Rick Fields. There’s a new book with the same name touting “how to fall in love with the process of becoming great” by Joshua Medcalf. I have not read the second book, but plan to.
My take-away from the first tome, was that even while we are striving in our lives for a level of success, enlightenment, or greatness, or even just results in doing the 27 things for 27 days Feng Shui Challenge, we must continue to do the ordinary, everyday things like chopping wood and carrying water.
So, today, I did the laundry, I washed the dishes, I made the beds. I ironed the shirts.
And while doing these everyday tasks, I pay attention to my thoughts. Am I thinking positive thoughts, or negative ones? Am I happy to be doing these things with the attitude of bringing more beauty into my home? more comfort for my family? And will my thoughts today, bring experiences tomorrow that flow with the mood of today?
As soon as I clean a room, I want to decorate it. I want comfort, and ease of use in every room. Whether it’s adding a little table next to a chair, or providing a place for someone to put their feet up, my mind is always whirling.
Feng Shui, is the “art of placement”. It’s a study of how we use our rooms, live in them, and how they affect us, emotionally, physically, and mentally, and spiritually.
The exercise in decluttering, doesn’t just achieve a cleaner house. It also helps us get in touch with who we are, what we love, and what we really want in life.
The act of clearing clutter from our lives, makes the path more clear. It clears our aura, our minds, and our hearts.
Everyday, we make choices. Am I using toxic chemicals to clean my house, eating processed food, or non-organic produce? Am I overusing plastics, not recycling, perfuming my laundry rituals? (the rise in cancer arose, with the introduction of toxic cleaning products on the market).
When I walk in the door, I want to say “There’s no place like H(om)e.”
“Keep on noticing beautiful things, and you make an invisible contact. Sooner or later these things are drawn into your life, unless you say “Poor me, too good to be true.”(The wisdom of Florence Scovill Shinn)
Today, take a walk through your home, and see if there is anything blocking your pathway. That’s where you begin.
“Power moves, but is never moved” Florence Scovill Shinn
One final thought, Little Dragonfly. As the raging river moves across all of the rough pebbles, knowing that one day they will all become smooth, chopping wood and carrying water, will see us through the rough times.