Yesterday when I drove home with my dog Lisen after a visit and barbecue at my mum's we passed some absolutely stunning golden fields. So of course I just had to stop and take a little stroll by them with Lisen, and take some photos. :-)
The Golden Fields.
Filled with dandelions.
Lisen strolling along the fields with me.
As well as looking over them.
She even decided to take a little stroll through them.
My treasure. :-)
Looking pretty in the fields.
Now because last week was a very busy week for me with more work than usual, I even had to leave Lisen at my mum's for a few days so I could get it all done on time, it was very nice to finally get my head out of blind work mode yesterday and truly enjoy the sights I saw outside. I mean, even though I must have driven passed these fields a few times last week when I was dropping off and picking up Lisen, I really only actually noticed them yesterday. But hey, it is not easy to find treasures with a busy mind I guess. A problem I hopefully will not have this week though. :-)
This kangaroo is the coolest, calmest and most relaxed kangaroo I have ever met. I bumped into her, I think it is a female, at one of the zoos I visited in Australia in 2006. And what I found to be so cool about this lovely kangaroo was that even though she could walk (jump) around the zoo grounds as she pleased, she preferred to lie in the middle of the road where everyone was walking. So of course lots of people walked up to her and petted her. But that did not seem to bother her at all, in fact she seemed to enjoy it.
Therefore I have decided that this kangaroo will be my inspiration for this weekend. I will simply do as she did back then, relax and take it easy. No matter who or what happens around me. So Happy Relaxed Weekend Mates! ;-)
About 6 years ago I felt like I desperately needed to make a change in my life. Not an external change, but internal. I had no idea how to make that change though, nor did I have any type of perception of what that change would entail. All I knew was that my way of thinking, living and interacting with people was not how I wanted it to be. I felt like I was stuck in a type of reflex living and simply did what I thought I was supposed to do. Which was functional for a while. Until I could no longer suppress the intensity of unease I felt in every cell of my body.
So finally I let go of everything. My job, apartment, way of living and went on a 6 month trip around the world with my sister. And believe me - I was scared to death! Even though I never admitted it at the time. Because not only did I leave all sort of security I had behind, I also felt a huge responsibility for my little sister on this trip. It was all on me. I was 23 and she was 19 when we took off. First stop was the USA, then Australia followed by a couple of weeks in South Africa.
First lesson Obviously we survived, hehe. But not only that. My sister and I became a lot closer, friends in fact. Which we never really were before. I also got a well needed perspective of what life is all about. Where of one huge life lesson I learned pretty quickly on the trip was that I can't escape how I feel inside. Which is ultimately what creates my outer world. This in turn made me realize that before I could start anything else in my life I had to create an inner peace first. No idea how I would do that though...
But life always gives you what you need. Although it took me a few years to truly understand that inner peace isn't something I can deal with later. I have to actually devote my attention and time into creating it now. It won't just appear one morning. It's a process. And up until about two months ago I had no idea why I even tried to create inner peace so badly. I just felt like it was something I really needed to do.
Then I read "A New Earth" and "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. (Which I wrote about in my post -->Good Morning. ) Books I had heard about on Oprah, but not really paid anymore attention to. Then one day my sister tells me she bought them. So I read them and had a quite a few aha-moments. It wasn't like I read something all new, more like things made more sense to me after I read these books. It also made it easier and sped up the process of creating my inner peace. Because now I had some tools to work with. Yay!
Changing my world
Although my inner peace and I are not 100 percent connected all the time, it's always with me in the background now. And it's truly a wonderful, calm and happy place to see and experience the world from. A complete opposite from the world I lived in 6 years ago. It also shows me that it is indeed my inner state that creates my outer world. Because as I have changed from within - the world has changed with me. But I haven't changed the world - only how I perceive and interact with it. Which is what truly makes all the difference.
Now, it has taken me 6 years to begin to make some sort of sense out of life and how I can live it to the best of my ability. So these days I feel like a child who has just taken his/hers first steps - Wow, this is so cool! And I want to walk all the time. But it doesn't mean I can walk perfectly, run or even teach anyone else how to walk. What I can do though is share how I learned to take the first step on my spiritual journey.
Besides Tolles books I also recently stumbled across a wonderful documentary called "This Sacred Earth: The 2012 Phenomenon". A lovely documentary by filmmaker Billie Dean about The 2012 Phenomenon (which I find fascinating) as well as about many tings Tolle talk about in his books. Which is why I felt it affected me positively and reassured me that I'm indeed on the right path. So below is the trailer.
And this is my favourite quote from the documentary:
"There is nothing to fear about a date out there. Remember, man is the one who made the dates. The Universe doesn't go on mans time. Time is an illusion anyway, it doesn't really exist. We are probably the only species in the Universe that has found a way to measure something that does not exist."
- Dolores Cannon, past-life regressionist and hypnotherapist, about The 2012 Phenomenon.
This statement made me think about something else I heard, can't remember where though... But imagine if you visited the Earth for the first time and there were no humans on it. Who would you ask "What time is it?".
First a short update on my car situation. It's still "dead". We tried to recharge the battery but it didn't help. So on Wednesday my car is getting towed to the car shop for some further investigation.
Moving on... Finally this weekend I read the book "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. And if you haven't read this book already, I highly recommend it! If you don't know what it's about, I think this quote from the book sums it up very well:
"This book's main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken" - Page 6
Now I can easily say that this book is the most powerful I have read so far in my life, which is why I want to share it. And after I read the book I also watched the 10 episode webcast - A New Earth with the author Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. In the webcast they discuss the book chapter by chapter and answer questions from all over the world. Something I found very helpful and interesting, therefore recommend as well. All 10 episodes of this webcast are available to watch or download for free at Oprah.com.
Below is a clip from episode 1 of the webcast with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah.
And if you want to find out more about this author and his books, check out eckharttolle.com :-)
I had to get up super duper early today, about 5:30 AM, to drive my sister to the hospital. She was due for surgery to remove her gall bladder early this morning. Everything went well and she is feeling as good as one can directly after a surgery like that. Which was a relif for me to hear.
On my way home from the hospital these were my surroundings.
And I could really feel the beauty and calmness around me, like a big hug from Mother Nature. Which was definitely much needed today.
For me the beginning of something, especially a new year, is full of possibilities, hope and nervous excitement. Mainly because anything can happen, or nothing. Some years have just come and gone without leaving any special imprint in my life. Whereas others have been filled with life changing events.
As for 2010, it will be remembered in my heart as the year when I truly started to go after, and working hard on, achieving what I desire out of life. And I must say that I am proud of myself. Mostly because I have managed to keep myself focused, on track and continued with what I've started. Like this blog for example. It is by far one of the best things I started on during 2010! :-)
Now my plan for 2011 is to continue on this path I'm on. Because I feel like I'm on the right one. However I do need to work on keeping calm and relaxed whenever I find myself wanting too much too fast. As well as remember to have faith in the process of life. Luckily my initial feeling during the transition from 2010-2011 was that this will be a good year. Also the word "calm" popped up in my head. If that means it is how I should keep myself during 2011, or if it is how 2011 will be for me, remains to be seen? But I have decided that "calm" will be my motto for 2011.
I forget to do that sometimes... It's been quite hectic lately, with work, websites, and all in between. And I know that it's completely useless to do something if I'm not present and in the moment. So I try to stop myself when I feel like I'm doing something just to get it done, and breathe for a few moments. It helps me refocus and relax a bit, until I need to stop myself again, again and again. Haha, no it's not that bad.
But I have tried to slow down a bit today and not stress out over everything I want to get done. I also felt like the theme "Stress management" would be fitting for my favourite blogs this week. You can check out my choices HERE.
And finally these photos. They are from my time in Australia (an amazing country which I love!) and represent something that always have the power to calm me down and put my life in perspective. Nature!
It has been a rainy and slow day today, a day to appreciate the simple things in life. I think it is important to be thankful for what you have in life, especially for everyday things. Things we take for granted, like water. I mean without such a common, natural and simple resource, life becomes a battle for survival.
I took this pic on my balcony today.
For me, beauty is everywhere. You just have to open your eyes.