Whole and Reaching.

             We were so in the moment this afternoon that neither one of us remembered to take pictures.  Why yes, we WERE out enjoying the fall weather!  On bikes.  Finally.  (Also, we just needed to make a library run.)

             My “morning” was slightly off due to The Deputy’s late-night (and no lunch break, with an even later home-arrival time), so the message wasn’t as clear as some have been. What eventually struggled through, with its own dream accompaniment, was this:

stretch out and take a rest.

             Which is truly another reminder of Self-Care, no doubt about it.  In validation even, of yesterday’s card.  What I thought of as I jotted this down was how The Golden Path meditation is so simple and so effective.

             Ideally the Universe is telling us to take it easy, to grab a nap if we can, to simply give ourselves a special moment of healing.  And if anything more than 20 minutes is beyond us right now, or we can’t lie down, then at the very least stretch our legs and arms and back and neck.

             Take cleansing deep breaths, disengage from the physical for a mere moment of letting go.  Whatever series of minutes that can be wrestled away, as long as it is for the pure and perfect purpose of resting.

             On our card altar a similar thought runs through this pairing.  (I’m not going to use much of the guidebooks wording, it doesn’t seem necessary.)

osho zen, two card draw, alternative tarot

“The Master (r)  ~

…… the whole work of meditation is to make you aware of all that is ‘mind’ and disidentify yourself from it.  That very separation is the greatest revolution that can happen….

…… fall more easily into the silence of your own being….

Totality  ~  Fire: Action

Every moment there is a possibility to be total.  Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there……

…..giving each step your whole attention and energy, can bring a wondrous new vitality and creativity to all that you do.”

             All together, what we are being told is that the act of mindfulness is the way to wholeness.  When we (as Dan and I did during our ride) become connected to our task, our togetherness of the action, we gain more from not just that event but from everything after it.

             Being the Master* of our own life, the one in charge of ourselves, we are better able to focus and to be true, on all levels.  The key here is to begin with lovingkindness, be aware, and then, allow it to all sink right in.  Absorb those gifts, even (and maybe most especially) the ones of time and ease.

*I did not feel that I needed to address the Reversed-ness of this one, the implication is that we could really do a better job with this entire aspect of Self-Care, and we know it.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s Mileage:

downtown and back was 8.321, in an enjoyably leisurely pace of 9.7 MPH, with 51 minutes 11 seconds of pedal time.  (Belatedly, here’s the MAP.)

Today’s Sharing:

comes courtesy of Keith, who I will never be able to thank enough.

girls and dogs in seattle

A sight to make any parent proud.

             It’s obvious that they are all having a terrific time.  Really, who could ask for more?

5 thoughts on “Whole and Reaching.

  1. Great picture of the girls…and their dogs! Yes, any mother would be proud! Hate those unexpected longer days, because it seems they always occur at the end of the week…

    …… and it did.

    11:14 p.m.

  2. I agree, great pics of the girls and their dogs. It’s an extremely cute picture!

    Yeah, I need to be mindful … at all. Which I haven’t been much. Aaaaand I need to take care of myself … at all.

    Glad you and Dan had a truly lovely day that captivated you so much you didn’t even think to take pictures!

    Reminders are essential.

    11:15 p.m.

  3. What a lovely photo of the girls and their dogs. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been doing my round of blogs, or even writing my own. Must change that. Soon! : )

    We’ll be here. Patiently waiting.

    (Are you caught up yet?)
    (Are you caught up yet?)
    (Are you caught up NOW?!)

    11:17 p.m.

  4. Such cute pictures! Glad everyone is having a good time! And that includes you! It’s always nice to have a day that you just sink into and enjoy.

    My self care for today is connected to my cards. Everything is getting dusted and/or washed. And before the cards go back in their bags I’m going to sit quietly with each deck and put them all back into ‘order’. A clearing out of the cobwebs and opening of the windows for fresh air, figuratively speaking. I’ve just had a need to do this this past couple of days.

    Follow those instincts.

    11:18 p.m.

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