Looking Closer…

Looking Closer…
In Toronto right now, everywhere I look, I see the grayish- brown hues of early spring. The snow has melted, revealing the debris that winter hid. It truly is a muted, ugly sight. Yet when I look more closely, I see the buds of my neighbour’s crocus patch in his front garden. I notice that dogs linger a bit longer on their walks , seeming to enjoy all the new smells that the melted snowbanks have offered. Just a few days ago, two robins sat on the roof outside my bedroom, seeing only possibilities of nesting and creating new life.
In these moments I realize how the scale of my vision is off. By adjusting it down to these details,  I can only see beauty and opportunity.

Embracing Change

Since the New Year, I have been focusing on murturing my body. For much of my adult life, I have cultivated my mind, absorbing all the knowledge I possibly can. Although I still love my curious mind, I felt lopsided. My physical being felt withered under my benign neglect. So now I am eating slow- carb, healing a lingering hip injury, and having fun with exercise. All the changes I’m making are challenging but I try to avoid making them in fear. Fear is helpful to signal discomfort and give initial motivation for a change in behaviour. Living in fear, though, is ultimately destructive of the spirit. And changes made in fear are rarely sustainable. For real transformation, get clear about your endpoint. Why do you want it? What or who are motivating you? What gets your passion up? Not sure? Just follow those moments of joy in your everyday and the clarity will emerge.