Wide Open Mindful – Resting Within Change

Dear Richard,

Recently it became very clear to me once again (it seems we have to keep teaching ourselves these same lesson over and over!) that there will never, ever be another day just like the one I am experiencing now.  Not even close.  Change is what happens every single moment of our lives.  We work so hard to keep things “the same”, yet that is absolutely impossible.

What if you had finished an appointment having had your hair cut and had an hour to wait until a friend of yours arrived to share lunch in the same location.  Mind might have you going off to do errands, getting on some electronic device, going to a regular walking path about a mile away, or wondering what the heck you were going to do with that time.

In fact, you had gotten in the car and were about to drive away and lose your precious parking spot, were in fact half way out of it, and then stopped completely as you took a breath and realized that perhaps there might be a different opportunity right here where you were.  Magically,  directly ahead of you, a well worn dirt path past a baseball diamond appeared.

Locking your car and putting on walking shoes the journey begins.  A short little dip in the path lands you on a most amazing walking path shaded by trees and along a waterway.  It feels as if you have just stepped down into an imaginary world so different from the business of the city just above.

This in fact did happen to me recently.  A path much less frequented than the one that I would have driven a mile or so away to walk upon – and filled with the magic of herons, mallards, squirrels, birdsong, a multitude of trees, and smiling faces of all ages.

Walking an unknown path often means that you wake up to what is around you, seeing and experiencing things in a different manner.   In reality we always walk a different path every single moment of our lives adapting, changing and creatively maneuvering each step along the way.  Yet, if we don’t pay attention, we miss huge segments of our lives completely!

A young female mallard that I watched closely on this particular walk reminded me of this change.  Seated on a rock wall with my legs dangling, reaching towards the lake not far below, I watched this particular female attempt to negotiate with the wind that was blowing across the water.  Her small community of other ducks had found a place to stand on rocks basking in the sun with their heads turned backwards into their feathers to rest.

Yet, this duck decided that the wind was much too cold for her so she kept attempting to shelter behind a rock while floating on the water.  As soon as she would get her head settled back into her feathers to sleep the wind and tide would take her out of her shelter and in direct contact with the wind as well as her sleeping companions.

Abruptly taking her head out from sleep position she would paddle back to the same place that she was in before.  I watched this happen over and over and over again.  Does it sound familiar to you?!  Finally after 15 minutes of this she realized that this just wasn’t going to work as the perpetual movement of tide and wind were very much in control of whether she was going to rest in a sheltered place.

I, of course, saw several places that she could rest in without being blown about, and proceeded to tell her so suggesting that she ground herself someplace to rest.  Applause on my part broke out as I watched her settle herself on top of a nearby rock, take her head back into her feathers, and sleep.  Now this was in the wind, but instead of being moved about by the ever changing currents she found that there was a way to rest within the elements.

What I learned from this young female duck is that adapting to the ever present changes in order to take a restful time out is part of living with the constant ebb and flow of each moment.  Doing the same thing over and over again and not achieving what you really want has a useful lesson in it.

Allow the shifts and changes to teach you about possibilities.  Imagine into another way.  The day you wake up to this coming morning will never be repeated in just the same way as it is today.  What an amazing adventure!

With Love,




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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. http://www.GayeAbbott.net OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT: www.WildlyFreeWoman.com www.BreathingSpaces.net www.LifeAtWolfCreek.com Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here: http://gayeabbott.net/books/

Posted on November 23, 2011, in Game of Life, Natural Wealth, Working With Change and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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