Monday, June 16, 2014

{A Work In Progress}

In the year since putting a long planned move into action, I have done very little blogging.  I fully understand the reason for the early absence; there is just nothing blog worthy about disassembling not one but two homes (the one we moved out of and the one we acquired), and nothing very blog worthy about setting up house in a small apartment meant to serve as a sort of extended stay home away from home near my misters place of business. 

But what I am having a hard time understanding is why it has been so hard for me to return to a regular blogging practice!  I think about blogging, I journal thoughts and ideas for blogging, I just can't seem to get back into the practice of sitting down to actually work on my blog.

It just recently occurred to me that it may be that I miss having an area in my home dedicated to creativity.  The apartment is very comfortable but quite small, so each space does double and even triple duty.  When I am spending time there, my lap top, camera and journals often get moved out of sight, and I never seem to end up getting them back out again. 

As for the house, it is so much a work in progress that I do not even have internet service turned on.  I am determined to rectify that in the very near future, though.  After many stops and starts, the place is actually starting to become the home we've been dreaming about.

The photos I am sharing here today (except for the first; I took that one in the garden) are from one of the three rooms on the second floor, which is to be my studio/sewing room.

Though far from "finished", this space is becoming what I've envisioned for it; functional and inspiring space for me to create in.

Do you write a blog of your own, dear friends?  And if you do, how do you make the time and space for it?  Please share, I would love to hear! 

xoxo, Anita

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Only love is real...

...nothing else exists. 

If you've read my blog before, you may already know that I am a devotee of A Course In Miracles.  (If you're interested, you can find my previous posts on the subject here.) 

The course is based on the belief that only love is real, and that nothing else exists.  Fear is the opposite of love, but what is all encompassing can have no opposite.  Put another way, fear is loveless perception.

Fear is not something we were born with, it is something that we learned.  We are taught concepts such as competition, limitation, guilt and scarcity.   We are taught that to be lovable we must get good grades, make a lot of money, be better, stronger, faster than everyone else.  But when we attach value to things that cannot love us back, we are searching for meaning in the meaningless.  It's not that these things are bad, it's that they are nothing.

To keep love as the focus in every circumstance we encounter requires surrender.  Surrender means to empty our mind to everything we have been taught, recognize that we don't have to be struggling all of the time and just love instead.  In doing this, we are liberated from our pain, experience inner peace, and discover a power within ourselves that we were previously unaware of.
I wish I could say that is an easy thing to do, to surrender fear based thinking in favor of love based thinking in difficult circumstances. I will say, however, that I am much better at it now than I was when I first discovered the Course back in 1992, through Marianne Williamson's book "A Return To Love".  I have learned that, as with all worthwhile things in life, learning to surrender to the love requires a strong commitment, a devoted practice and an unwavering belief in the importance of maintaining this way of being with the world.   During those times when I am most challenged, I repeat this mantra over and over to myself "only love is real, nothing else exists....only love is real, nothing else exists.....only love is real, nothing else exists.......".  I find that this simple exercise helps to both calm me and give me the strength to face whatever it is that is going on.
Do you have a special way of dealing with the difficult challenges that life regularly presents, dear friends?  Please share, I would love to hear!
xo, Anita