Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ship's log - May 2010

Spring is here (even though it snowed in Montreal last week) and suddenly (it seems) there are far too many demands on my time and energy. The universal dinner lady insists on dancing even if I don’t feel like it. In the winter it seems acceptable to curl up and hibernate with a good book or 20. But not in spring. Now the garden demands attention, work demands attention, the stock market demands attention, and my health and sanity demand attention. Oh yes and the blog demands attention. The rise and fall of our energy level, our willingness to dance with the world, has a natural rhythm: sometimes we are full of Yin, sometimes full of Yang, sometimes there is a balance. When you know this, it is easier to accept and to manage your energy level and to begin to regain that balance.
To give you an idea how ‘bad’ it is, I bought 2 books last week: ‘The 150 Most Effective ways to Boost Your Energy’ and  ‘Intentions and Goals: A Journal to Help You Discover Your Best Life.’ I haven’t had the time and energy to read them yet (*cough*) but I did flick through a few pages and I will leave you with a few very inspiring and pertinent quotes from the latter book. After all this is an inspirational blog you know:

The unexamined life is not worth living. - Socrates

Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them. – Shakti Gawain

What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)
Kiyomizudera Temple has a large veranda looking out over Kyoto and beyond