So glad you found time to drop in.
When you read this I shall hopefully be up, up and away,
en route to California with Dave and my brother Steve,
for what promises to be the road trip of a lifetime.
But this Mindful Wednesday Blog is fast becoming
an exceedingly important part of my week,
and I take it far too seriously to miss.
Despite not having packed yet, and having a hundred and one boxes to tick before we depart, I am so glad I can take myself off to a quiet place with you, and speak from the heart for a while.
At the Port Sunny Show on Saturday, I was fortunate enough to speak to several ladies who are enjoying this particular mindful path I am treading.
Isn’t it amazing how many of us share the same story?
We just don’t know it because so often we lock it up inside
But then, just by sharing openly and honestly,
without shame or fear,
the door opens for others to walk through.
I like that. It feels right.
This week, being as we are heading for San Francisco,
and then hitting the road through the Southwest,
I thought we’d get in the groove.
Remember a couple of Wednesdays ago,
we talked about actually experiencing what we are doing,
like drinking a cup of tea?
How often am I so distracted, so not where I actually am,
caught up in my thoughts?
Sometimes I’ll stop at a set of traffic lights, and wonder how the hell I have just managed to drive 5 miles without even registering the road I’ve travelled !? And I bet you ALL know that one!
So today, let’s talk about walking.
Actually putting one foot in front of the other.
Most of us take that exercise so very much for granted.
We slip into our shoes and just run around, without feeling the ground beneath our feet, or seeing what we are walking past.
I must add that I am and always have been very mindful
of disabled people, and those who aren’t able to walk.
We try very hard at the shows to make our Clarity stand
wheelchair friendly, and accessible for all.
I am guilty of walking without awareness every single day.
I can traipse through an ancient bluebell wood and be having a full on battle with the landlord’s secretary in my head from one end to the other. So why didn’t I just stay at the office?
But today I want to take with me a mindful attitude to America.
When we get there, I want to stay with my feet.
If my feet are in America but my head’s in England,
then I may as well not even get on the plane.
I know that Wurka and Hollick are intent on coming on the trip.
And given half a chance, they will have me spinning like a top,
and right back here in my head before my feet even hit the
U.S. of A.
I have worked out a way to kick them into touch – literally!
By concentrating on the balls of my feet, my mind shoots straight back to where I am.
Concentrating on my breathing helps too,
(but I usually reserve that exercise for anxiety attacks!)
In keeping with the theme of walking,
how about these boots for size?
It’s comical really.
I have always been so self-conscious of my huge feet.
So what better way to draw attention to them than to wear absurdly outrageous cowboy boots ?
These ones need a bit more scuffing
or a bit of teabag staining…
Especially in Edenbridge!
There are plenty of cowboys round here, too,
but more of the Transit van variety…
Enough flippant woffle!
Remember the free teapot picture download?
Well, I can tell you, I have a folder FULL of wonderful, colourful teapots. Thank you so much for joining in.
Keep ‘em coming – I have a plan!
This week I want to offer you another colouring project.
A FREE pair of cowboy boots!
Different sizes, too.
You may recognise the image; it is one of our lovely CLARITYSTAMP DESIGNS.
The thing about these boots is they are quite plain,
not all ornate and showy, like my mad ones!