Monday, January 24, 2011
Construction and Mindfulness
Construction and mindfulness--not necessarily a pairing I would have thought of before my current state of living in a construction zone, but I'm realizing that being present and mindful is another very valuable lesson I am learning from this remodel. The game plan is always changing and frequently I'm the last to know of the changes. What I thought was on the docket turns out not to be, always for good reason, but it can be unnerving. So construction is teaching me to go with the flow and to be prepared for change and after all, that is what life is all about, isn't it. The one certainty about life is that it is never the same, it is always changing, and we never know what will happen next. The future is not ours, no matter how much we might think we can plan it, order it, make it ours. Life doesn't work that way any more than my construction. And of course, the past is not ours either. It is gone and can't be changed. The fact that my poor home was sadly neglected and that it was built and changed by do-it-yourselfers with no permits, no knowledge, and no money, that fact can't be changed. But the home can be rescued (as can I and my pets) with loving care. I get so excited when someone tells me that something was actually done correctly! So far, the only time that has happened has been with the trusses in my attic, but it was a glorious moment to find out something had been done properly for this poor home. Anyway, the past can't be changed, and the future is not ours, but this moment, this present moment is, and in this present moment I can rescue my home, and I can insure that things are done properly for it, for me, and for my four-footed companions, no matter what the past and no matter what the future. Therefore, I will go with the flow, and know that all is being done in the way that the universe sees fit, and that looking beyond this moment is simply an exercise in futility. Meanwhile, I shall work at crafting the haiku I thought of while I was in the shower this morning (talk about a way to stay present--writing haiku is fantastic for that!), and just wait to see how this day evolves and what moves forward from here. Namaste!