Simplify with a Strong Dose of Slow

It appears Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was reading my current mindset when he wrote Something Left Undone in 1863. This summer no matter my intentions, disruptive events have arrived taking me for wild unscheduled runs, leaving much undone.

The disruptions are viable. The surrounding fires, the thick smoke, the protest demonstrations, the two-month heat wave, the pandemic, the news turned into tall tales, the drought, the circulating lies, the highly disturbing events around the world. It’s all there.

FYI: Monkey Mind thrives in this swirl of agitated thoughts, frightful images and unknown futures.

How do we live in the midst of “shake-you-to-the-bone events” with engaged integrity*?

Antidote: Simplify with a strong dose of slow.

Make your life simple and spacious again. Zen down to the basics physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Reduce involvement to that which does not serve.

Walk away from what is not needed. Delete or reduce the others. You know how to do this. It takes training. Mind training.

AgainSimplify with a strong dose of slow.

*Engaged Integrity defined as active, big hearted moral honesty.

Zen it down…to stay on top.

We are all new at this.
We are all collectively rewiring our brains to adapt.
This is why tiredness can be part of our day.

To help the rewiring process
Live in Beginners Mind.

Attend to your day as a newborn, napping when needed.
Rest your body and mind.
Utilize meditation, mindfulness practices and good old fashioned exercise with foods that nourish.

Zen it down.
We are all on a Learning Curve of Not Knowing.

What have you learned so far?

Join us daily to meditate and “Explore the Silent Spaces of Infinite Mindset” from 6am – 6:30am Mountain. Come explore and witness with colleagues from around the world. It’s become a refuge for many of us.

Here is the link :
https://zoom.us/j/271214182?pwd=bDNGQS9Pc0VPd0x0T3FjdC9XRGtFZz09

I Did It! I Met the Deadline!

Or did “I”?

Mac brainstormed another way to hold and apply the brush.
Lydia advised which type of canvas was best and why.
Brittany gave me protected space.
T-Bird showed me the Aisle of Iridescence.
David reminded me to unplug. Totally.
Dr. Sam aka Simmone coached me to get to the other side.
Catherine rephotographed at the last minute to meet the 7″ x 7″, 300 dpi requirements.
Zana was my listening ear when the gremlins needed to be put onto the back parking lot.

“I” didn’t do it. It was the Strong Mountain Mandala that did it.

“I” was just fortunate to be at the center of the mandala this time around.

Ann-Marie McKelvey, The Simplicity of Zen, acrylic on canvas, 2019.