Natural Wealth – Sustainable Choices In Unknown Territory

A Little Story For Richard:

Today is my “day off” from THE JOB.  In other words I work 4-10 hour shifts in the medical clinic to have a day off in the middle of the week.  I call this day my “creative vitality day” for it is within these hours that I listen in to what presents itself for attention, and as choices arise make decisions about the day from a very natural – and for me sustainable – place.

These days upon awakening I am imaging the day unfolding as if I have already left the “job” world and am playfully and passionately pursuing the creative projects that even now are starting to light up my everyday life.  The way I create my day is based on the embodied feelings that tell me what is next.  Yes, there are certain things that call to be accomplished, but how and when you go about that is your call!

In Richards last post he speaks to “wealth as the ability to feel secure, to experience the underlying peace and connection” as we do when in nature.  But, what happens when the natural world is turned upside down and shakes us up to our very foundation?  Change – and on a very large scale!  We are realizing more and more every day that we are indeed interconnected beyond anything we ever imagined, and that our choices today not only affect ourselves and those around and beyond us, but those living resources that we depend upon for our very lives.

These days many of us are being presented with choices that either appear to

Green School, in Badung, Bali, Indonesia.

keep us “safe” in a very unstable world, or invite us to take a risk of some sort.  Risk because it is unknown territory.    Risk because it does not follow our usual way of doing things.  Risk because you thumb your nose at “safe” and “security” and realize, like Richard says, that it can only be found within.

Let me give you an example:  Yesterday at the medical job I was asked by the manager of the clinical staff if I would work today – my day off – because many people are out ill.  My first initial “gut response” was absolutely not!  Now I want to tell you how excited I was to see this natural self-sustainable choice come up first so strongly.  Excited because what came after that in my rational mind was – think of the overtime.  You know that you are short on cash flow right now because of a trip you just took, relocation is looming, and you are quitting this job for goodness sake!.  You need to catch up and make as much money as you can.   This would give the opportunity to do so.  It is only one day and you would become current with finances – at least for now.

Quick fix that is not at all sustainable?  You betcha!  …and not even a “fix”.  The reality is that the very small amount of money I would be trading my life energy for would not make even an iota of a difference in the short term, and definitely not in the long term.  Choosing my day off was a “risk” I was very willing to take.

What I would not have experienced if I had decided to work today is this post to you,  a very creative and exciting conversation with Richard this morning on Skype,  the pure enjoyment of lifting weights and swimming at the gym at my leisure, basking in moments just standing in the sun (which we have not seen literally for almost a month now!) and soaking up the warm rays of energy.  Nor would I have had the opportunity to do some writing, and additional research on the new place that I am considering moving to. …or take a brief recharge nap!

I call this making natural sustainable choice…… and trusting without any doubt those choices/decisions that FEEL right in body and heart.  Only a few months ago the initial choice that would have come up first is saying yes to working today.

As I see it, how we know that we are shifting on behalf of our thriving and our full out creative expression, is that instead of making rational brain knee jerk decisions and choices from a place of scarcity and distrust, something much more natural unfolds itself.  No matter what the rational mind is saying your embodied feelings tell you the truth.  The job before us is then to trust that we will know how to proceed!

Besides there was one more benefit to not working at the “job” today.  I met The Steam God!  Yes, I did!  After swimming, the final treat is to go into the steam room for a bit and relax deeply and stretch.  I was doing just that when in walks a man whom I could not see very clearly because of the steam.  We quietly sat in the same space for about 5 minutes and the steam slowly started dissipating, but it was a long way off before the steam would renew itself again.  Suddenly the man asked me if he could activate the steam vent, but stated to me that it will “get really hot in here”.  I said to him that I did not know that one could make the steam go on as I thought it was on a timer – or so I thought.  I then jokingly said – I didn’t know that I was sitting in the same space as the Steam God.

Well, said Steam God walked over to the tiled wall on the other side of the door from the steam vent and to my surprise cupped his hand , placed it on the wall and blew two times through his hand onto the wall.  Well, it didn’t work – at first, or at second try (much to his dismay – Steam God’s do get a little frustrated from time to time)!  But, the third time was the charm.  Sure enough within a 5-count of his astonishing technique the steam vent went on – which was not a usual timed on at all.

So… can see all that I would have missed if I had taken the rational minds fear and scarcity based choice. The residuals, or “interest”, will most likely be showing up for quite awhile longer from this one choice.

As we rock and roll and watch the collapse of structures both manmade and nature made right before our very eyes, it might be wise to invest in grounded resources and sustainable embodied choices .  Invest in yourself.  Invest in the health of the planet – she is you and you are her.  That is Natural Wealth!


About Gaye Abbott

NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time. Gaye Abbott, is a wild and free soul who just so happens to LOVE writing, playing with energy, ecstatic dance and free form movement, living and breathing in nature, her 3 sons and 3 grandchildren, communing with friends and global community, organic food and cooking, small and simple spaces to live within, a lack of material possessions....and laughter every single day! As a wise elder of 69 years she feels decades younger....and acts it too! Devoted to being of service to the Earth and all living beings Gaye seeks the peace of mind and openness of heart that provides the foundation for effective action in the world and her community. OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT: Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

Posted on March 31, 2011, in Divine Design, Game of Life, Natural Wealth and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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