Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
One of the things I have had the difficult time committing myself to is that Daily Walk, that is so good for me, and makes me feel so much better. To start my day off with a Morning Walk fills me with Fresh Air and Fresh Thoughts. I ALWAYS enjoy that Walk when I am actually out there Walking!
It is that Empty Space between Me and the Walk that I have Difficulty with. I know it is Good for Me. I know I feel better when I have been on a long Walk, I know my day will be Brighter and Lighter when I have done it, and yet between that Walk and I stands that Empty Space that so easily can fill with Excuses.
It is too cold…It is too hot…I am too tired…I am too busy…I will do it later…I walked so far yesterday I don’t need to walk today…it is raining…missing one day won’t matter…I can always walk longer tomorrow…etc. etc. etc.
When I Fill that Space between the Walk and I with all these Excuses, of course it seems Unpleasant and Uninviting. But when I am Conscious of those Excuses and laugh at how silly it is to talk myself out of something I enjoy and is So Good For Me, suddenly it is a Joy to step into that Empty Space and Walk!
When I look at one situation, or one attitude in my life, I have learned to look for how that attitude is also present in other areas of my life. And that is what I did about this, too…How many ways do I avoid that Empty Space between myself and what life or my day is suggesting to me or asking of me. (For me this is the ongoing journey of thorough healing that does not end when official therapy ends.)
I know it would be good sit and write a note to a friend who is struggling…and although I really WANT to do it, I fill the Empty Space between me and that action with Excuses or Procrastinations: I will do it in the morning..I will do it this evening…I need to buy a nicer card…the post office is closed today… etc…I am sure you know how it goes!
I was listening to a tape of Deepak Chopra on the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success and the part about the Law of Least Effort, struck me as applying to this struggle of mine. What I learned from it is that when we offer No Resistance to the Moment and what it asks of us, we are saving ourselves a tremendous amount of energy. Resistance in any form takes a lot of energy. So, applying this to what I am writing about today has made a big difference to me. When I know it is a good time to take my morning walk, I do not Resist it now, I just quietly go and Walk. When I feel moved to contact someone, I just do it. And meanwhile I have saved myself so much mental energy (I am not arguing with myself, talking myself out of it and then into it again!) and emotional energy (I am not berating myself for not doing it, or trying to persuade myself into it or bargaining with myself about when I will do it!)
That Empty Space is a Spectacular Space. It is the Here and Now, with No Resistance, Only Acceptance and Spontaneous Right Action and it has a sort of Restfulness about it, probably because there is no Argument, Guilt, Fear or Resentment. It is from the Empty Space that I write to you!
With Love from the Empty Space, Z Miłością, Z Pustego Miejsca, Con Amore Dal Luogo Vuoto,
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others!
This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)