Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why I Believe Eckhart Tolle's Guide To Transforming Your Life is Worthy of Our Thoughts

Hello LMD readers!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a relaxing Saturday with your family and friends or whatever brings you joy on your precious weekend.  As you know if you have been following me on instagram, we recently moved into a new home.  The boxes are everywhere, waiting for my attention.  Client projects are piling up as I'm behind with work from taking time away to pack the years of family memories in a moving truck and setting up a new homestead.  Also, during the move, my body chose the unfortunate opportunity to get sick.  Needless to say, life has been pretty hectic the past couple of weeks.  I sat myself down this morning and gave myself a huge talking to.  Do you ever do that?  I frequently have to remind myself that Rome was not built in a day and those boxes will wait til I feel better.  I'm sure part of my anxiety is due to my profession.  It's an occupational hazard to be the one who makes life so pleasant for others when your own life feels like a booby trap when entering your own home.  I have struggled with this greatly since the move.  On the days I was sick, I dragged myself down to the sofa so that I could sit with my family.  Out of the corner of my eye, the mountain of boxes was calling to me, so I retreated upstairs to the lonely quarters of my bedroom just to avoid the guilt.  
Today, I continue to fight this nasty crud, but am determined to tackle some of the boxes.  

By the way, we are in love with the new house.  Every morning, my husband and I begin our day in our "morning room" aka the living room.  We like this room because sunlight floods in and there is a gas fire which happens with the flip of a switch. It's toasty and warm.  We have decided this room will be furnished with comfy furniture, not "living room" furniture since this is where we start our day and have our morning devotionals. 

There are so many things yet to be determined about this house.  I always tell clients it is important to live in a home before you commit to how you want to live in the home.  This is often not possible when building a new home. Therefore, you must think through your daily functions and work from there.  If you build a new home, the home is designed to meet your needs, but if buying an existing home, you must transform your lifestyle to fit the floorplan in place, until you figure out how to reconfigure things to suit your lifestyle.  Unless you are working with a designer who can ascertain your lifestyle and adapt that to home, it is prudent to live in a home for a couple of months and decide if you need to make floor plan changes before investing in furnishings. 

We are renovating the kitchen in our new home and have chosen to live in the space for a month or two to decide if the initial plans for the kitchen will suit our needs and the way we like to live in the house. 

There is so much to be done, but I keep reminding myself, that I know that I will never "be done" our homes are a continual process aren't they?  As our lives evolve, our homes must also adapt to keep up with our lifestyle.  We have one child left at home, and he will fly the coop in a couple of years, but hopefully, he and the other two will return on frequent occasions. Therefore, we need to have a home that welcomes them with each visit.  I have always wanted an open door policy for family and friends to visit, and now I have space to invite them.   It is exciting to think of filling my home with creative friends and loving family. 

I dream about having intimate dinner parties in the courtyard and spur of the moment cocktail parties which consist of wine, cheese, and laughter of good friends.  There are so many memories to be made in this new house, but for now, I'm enjoying the very moment.  The house is quiet, the kids are home, and there is a fire in the fireplace.  We are enjoying solitude together making new memories together.  The weathermen are calling for snow tonight.  We will sit in anticipation of the first snow in the new house.  The house has big windows which will allow for perfect snow sightings.  Part of me wants it to snow, and part of me doesn't.   The home we are selling has beautiful tulips, azaleas, and daffodils blooming in the yard and looks picture perfect.  I hate to think of those flowers being damaged by the cold weather.  Isn't that always the way?  Something exciting for one situation, can at the same time be something not so exciting for another.  We will see what tonight brings.  

 I sat this morning and studied my devotion, and many things ran through my mind.  I kept coming back to one thought.  This moment is my life.  It isn't what happened yesterday or what I'll do next but this very moment that matters most.  To enjoy this moment is the ultimate of living well.  
This morning, I recieved an email for Oprah and it included a link to Eckhart Tolle's guide To Transformings Your Life.  This list is worthy of sharing.  I hope you enjoy reading these thoughts and apply them to your life.  

I give you Eckhart Tolle's Guide to Transforming Your Life:

I believe Eckhart Tolle has hit on things we all need to ponder.  His thoughts are deep thoughts not for the faint of heart.  He doesn't buy into the pretense of the world's attempt at making us believe we have to be this or that to be whole.  That is the beauty of his thoughts, he releases us to be the person we were meant to be.  A person true to ourselves only and not a person created to please others.  It is my belief that the authentic self is all we are meant to be.  Why would anyone want to be anything other than who they were put on this Earth to be?

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