Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Let Your Dreams Bloom

orange spring tulip

I received quite a few emails and comments over the last few days in response to my Lessons from a Computer Cleanse post and it looks like I'm not the only one fumbling through my days trying to find "time" for it all!  Thanks to those of you who reached out, offered suggestions and shared your own struggles.  I truly believe that when we relate and connect in an authentic way we invite Life to help us expand and grow.

Life doesn't have to be hard, overwhelming, and full to the brim, yet most of us find ourselves trying to keep our head above water.  There's just too much to do and not enough time in the day.  So we find ourselves day-in and day-out repeating those old thoughts and patterns...If I only had more money...If I only had more time...If he would just do this...If she would just do that...I should be doing this...and I really shouldn't be doing that...I'm not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, rich enough and on and on and on...

purple spring flower

And while we are busy telling ourselves all the reasons why we can't find happiness NOW life is passing us by.  NOW is the time to clear out our mental clutter, because just as there is beauty that comes from clearing out the weeds in the garden, there is beauty inside you waiting to bloom.

spring tulip

As you move through your day today become more aware of the beauty you see around you and within you.  Truly take the time to stop and smell the flowers.  There is wisdom in that beauty, just as there is wisdom in you.

Life is beautiful.  YOU are beautiful.  Let yourself and your dreams bloom, because YOU deserve happiness and YOU have goodness to share with the world.

Your Personal Reflection:  What would you do with your life if time and money were not a concern?  Are you wasting time and energy on negative mental clutter?  What beauty do you see, around you and within you, when you stop to smell the flowers?

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  1. Shannon I loooove this post, really. I'm finding myself caught also in the clutter, having thousands of ideas of what to do at the same time and trying to act on them all in case I forget, you know...
    But I am learning to stop and breathe, because no, I can't do it all.
    I am learning patience, and what I am called to do is presenting itself naturally. I have to give my ideas time to grow, blossom or even die for some of them.
    And now I shall sign off and work on my YTT final essay, which was the plan for today :D

  2. ooohhh.. yes sure can relate to this one.. sigh.....little steps..little steps... hehe great post!

  3. More wise words and gorgeous photos - thanks for sharing both.

    This week I've allowed way too much mental clutter to clog up my energy. I've been doubting and worrying. Both of which I know to be a harmful waste of time. Yet sometimes we find ourselves doing both. For me the last few days have been too hospital/doctor/health and practical chores orientated and I know I need to balance it with extra creative time and a bit of meditation.

    Kat X

  4. I needed to read that today! Thanks for sharing your wise thoughts.

  5. So wise Shannon. I am perpetually caught up in this negative cycle even when I try to not be in that space. I have heaps of mental clutter. I think I have enough to sell (not that anyone should want it). The photos and your post are amazing.

    The personal reflection really opened my eyes-something's astirring! :)

  6. beautiful photos and beautiful words. i am always happiest when i am in the moment. it's so much easier to see the good in life than to complain about the things we think should be different.

  7. Emmanuelle,
    It's amazing the freedom that comes when we admit we "can't do it all" anymore and I love how you said, what you are called to do is "presenting itself naturally." YES...that's being in the flow. Thanks for sharing.

    Willows Nest,
    Little steps each day helps me so much, too! Ahhhhh....

    It's easy to get bogged down by mental clutter, especially when we aren't feeling well. You do amazingly well and I send you lots of healthy thoughts as you build back your strength. xo

    Thanks for sharing - I just love when I read something at the "right" or needed moment.

    Thanks, I had fun taking those photos at a recent visit to a petting zoo in our area. The best thing I have found for releasing mental clutter is to find stillness - quiet time in our day to get a break from the external distractions AND to write. Do you journal? It might help to get the words out of your head and give them a place to go.

    I'm with you! I am definitely happiest and more "free spiritied" when I'm in the moment and not letting my mind get in the way. Kids can definitely help remind us of the joy that comes from being in the moment!

    I appreciate each of you.

  8. A wonderful and thoughtful post! I do wish I had more time to sit and draw and relax, but you know what? Taking care of my kids and spending time with them is more important than anything, so I actually wouldn't change a thing. :) Your flowers smell lovely. xoxoxo

  9. Bella,
    YES! No matter what...taking care of our kids and being in their presence is the greatest gift in the world!! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Hi again Shannon
    - just to let you know that I've linked to this post, your blog and you on my 'Brainstorm Garden' blog post today. Hope you enjoy. It strikes me how often we are in sync together and can't help feeling synchronicity and coincidences happen to support us on our way.
    Kat Xx

  11. Thanks for including me in your wonderful post, Kat!


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