You might not be expecting a can of spray paint to inspire philosophical ponderings… and neither was I, but here goes…
I’ve been working on the van this month. Coorie the Camper is currently at the bodywork spa having some TLC whilst I work on bringing the wing mirrors back to life with some rattle cans #DIY.
So far this has involved several hours of learning, patience, sanding, priming, more priming, mistake-making, starting again’ing, more sanding, till finally, I start applying the topcoat and man it’s been slow and arduous – I’m new to this, which means each layer is not exactly right, and each next layer is basically to fix the last, and my topcoat paint was running out fast? That’s weird – till a friend takes a look and notices the nozzle is set to the wrong setting – who knew those little + and – meant something! (I know, it’s so f*****g obvious once you know…)
Suddenly, with just a small twist the paint was misting on like a dream, with ease, speed and evenly spread. “I can have this done today,” I think to myself… There I was, plugging away using the right tool just in the wrong way, feeling frustrated, demoralised, struggling, running out of patience and paint in the process.
It struck me how we can sometimes feel this way in life – stuck, frustrated, unfulfilled, not in-flow – and that instead of focusing on what we don’t have, (the lifestyle, the relationship, the career) if we look at what we do have right in front of us, take a pause and stocktake what we have at our fingertips, maybe get some outside advice, and with just a small twist things can be so much better, faster, easier – boom! we are in flow!
GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS
This has a lot to do with the root or Muladhara chakra, which literally roots us to our world: the physical and metaphorical ground beneath our feet. The energy of this chakra is so powerful, and it asks us to be our own environmentalists – this means realigning with our truth, gauging the resources we have around us, our abilities and potential, seeing the signs, gifts and opportunities at our fingertips, assessing how we are already supported to come back to a state of wholeness.
Sometimes we can feel really out of alignment, out of tune, disconnected. This process of balancing, harmonising and aligning with our chakras is really a matter of refocusing our attention on how it is we want to experience life, then look for signs, evidence, or proof that point to the reality we want to create.
What would it feel like to have everything in your life show up just how you needed it to so that you can show up as your best self? We need to plant the seeds of awareness so we can cultivate and manifest our best wilderness.
This is not about wishing for XYZ and then sitting back and just hoping for the best, fingers crossed. This is a dynamic two-way conversation – firstly, it’s about getting really clear about what we’re asking for, what we want to welcome more of into our lives, and then secondly it’s about getting really clear on the steps we need to take once those resources and opportunities appear. It requires our full attention and participation!
A mindset twist, a paradigm shift, a perspective change – all that you need could already be right at your fingertips – turns out you could be just one nozzle twist away from your best self (or wing mirror).
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