Friday, September 2, 2011

Countdown to Contentment ~ Day 15

Loving ourselves and life from where we are 

I’m counting down to contentment — to the starting date of my new sacred journey course,Creating a Life of Contentment,"  which begins Sept. 15. For one entire year we will travel together as intimate companions: to relax, let go and rest into Love; to discover the bliss of our own life. I hope you will join me! You can learn all about it here.


“Just go with the flow” was a popular phrase in the 1960s. It sounded hippie-dippiesh to me then, but now it makes perfect sense.

When we can flow with life, contentment is ours. Resist, and we find ourselves caught up in struggle.

Here’s my latest resistance story.

I mark the seasons by the old elm tree standing in front of our house. Yesterday I noticed its first leaves of autumn gold. Fall is on its way.

“ARGH!,” cries my flow-resistant ego self. And the annoying chatter begins.

“... Now summer is over and you really didn’t get to enjoy it like you’d hoped.”

“... Winter is right around the corner and you know how you hate winter and hate being cold.”

And the litany of complaints goes on and on .... until I can catch myself and tell it to stop. Breathe, flow, be one with what is.

We all have this aspect of ego within us. You know it’s there when you hear the chatter start up; when it starts yacking at you that you just don’t like something as it is.

Dissatsifaction. Resistance.

The truth is the ego doesn’t like much.

It is completely unsatisfied with the ways things are. It always wants things to be different— warmer or brighter; easier and more lucrative; pleasurable not difficult.

Such is the nature of our ego mind. It prevents us from going with the flow ...

Of seeing what is wonderful here—right now—exactly as life is.

My husband is the very best “ego buster.” He’ll call me on my Eeyore-like ego all the time.

“Jan, listen to yourself. You love Fall. What are you doing getting yourself all tangled up about the leaves changing?”


I share this with you, lovely friends, to demonstrate that everyone has the voice of dissatisfaction within them. It’s on constant alert, scanning our surroundings for how they can be altered to make us feel more comfortable—and supposedly happy.

Are we? When it speaks and we listen do we get happy?

The truth is I do love Fall. And I intend to savor every moment this year. To quell the twin voices of dissatisfaction and resistance when they come to call.

I vow to lovingly embrace every leaf as it turns and every cool wind that blows. I will not let the voice of my ego dictate my life experience. I’ll go with the flooooow ... I invite Contentment in.

Well, at least I can try. 

And lest I forget, trying is good enough. 

∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ 

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~John Muir

Will you join be for the "Creating a Life of Contentment" course beginning soon? 15 days and counting to the sacred journey of a lifetime!

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