Walking The Path on a weekend is a bonus to start with today (not always easy with the demands of family life). Its surprisingly warm and sunny and I'm looking forward to a little space to breathe.
The first thing I notice, however, is some pressure to come up with a gem of wisdom, or at least a killer pic for the blog. It is only the third day, after all. Surely the inspiration hasn't run dry already. I've been walking this same path for over two years and not a day has passed without me learning something about myself! The second thing I notice is this self-imposed pressure, these self-imposed rules, are distracting me from enjoying the walk itself. That being the whole point, I realise I have to let go of having anything interesting to offer so that I can continue to simply enjoy the walk.
There's a real sense of stillness now. Except for the flies buzzing around me from time to time. Flies are generally experienced as a source of irritation which tends to reflect some inner, often unexpressed, irritation. On this occasion, however, I actually feel quite excited by the buzz! I realise this is how life feels right now as I start to play by my own rules. At this point the buzz reminds of this picture I took on The Path a year or two ago. But if you didn't take it today it isn't authentic the voice in my head protests. That wasn't the original intention of the blog. I gently smile at the voice in my head and, realising I am free to change my self-imposed rules at any time, here it is.
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