I'm taking on a new challenge during the last three weeks of this year. I've decided to adopt the Japanese tradition of Susu-harai (found here.) I'm fed up with dust, the piles, and the junk drawers that seem to have a life of their own. They are minor little messes that clutter my head and block my Qi. I may not get to all the outside tasks but I will get the back decks cleaned up. While garage and office need the most attention, making sure I get to all the little nooks and crannies throughout the house will me creatively when the new year starts. I figure if my cleaning (and cooking) chores and challenges are under control I'll have that freedom of mind to spend time in the studio.
(I know I was mixing the Japanese susharai with the Chinese qi -- checking into the Japanese word ki, I came across some Ki exercises. I won't be doing ushiro tori!)
For today: Practice describing behaviors you observe--without judgment of those behaviors. Focus on the what and when, not the how and why.
This is suppose to help in dealing with overwhelming feelings. Instead of reacting to a slamming door, calming say "I heard the door slam when you went outside." Then what? Okay, I know it's a process.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Posted by Kim at 12:25 PM