Thursday, July 31, 2008

July TIFC - Day Four

Spent all my time today quilting, and quilting, and quilting. Just about got the piece to the stiffness I like. Hopefully I'll get the lettering on tomorrow and the grid lines. I did manage to find some "charms" including a flamingo. Coming up with the 56 charms and their stories will be a project for August.

Living consciously...

In the reading, Hendricks shares a technique to learn to accept something real. As an example, try saying "Today is Friday and I accept it." and notice how your body feels. By contrast, if you tried to resist accepting it your body would respond differently. Now for practice, try this technique with one of your biggest problems that you haven't been able to accept. This all leads, of course, to until you accept reality exactly as it is, you cannot change.

Right. Not.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein
What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. ~ Louise Nevelson

Let's be real. Start small, lean in the direction of change.

For seven months I've been following Gay Hendricks' A Year of Living Consciously and I've agreed/disagreed, I'm still committed to continue to work my way through the book... five months or 153 days to go.


Kay said...

I like this piece. If I were the one, I'd have trouble adding those charms!

As for Hendricks, I am liking the process so far. I don't generally disagree, as such, but I sometimes think the practices seem stupid or pointless. Nonetheless, I keep going, though I have much farther to go.

Kim said...

Kay - Thanks. I've been very happy with how this piece is coming together but without the charms it just wouldn't be right. My trouble is going to be in coming up with all 56 to bring me to the current year!

With the reading and practice, I enjoy the daily habit of it and the process has bolstered my confidence in my ability to be more disciplined. My goal was to be more aware of living consciously everyday and I think in order to to that I need a daily prompt! (lol) Enjoy your journey.