What you focus on grows?

We all know that, right? Our thoughts are so powerful, why then do we often let them plummet and scatter into piles of pessimism instead of guarding them like seeds of hope.

I look back at March and (thanks to my journal) remember many highlights. The month started with a beach getaway with my hubby, then a camping weekend with the whole family and, mid month, a wonderful night of music and dinner with friends. I was inspired at a motivational workshop and I’ve been reading a number of mind blowing books, most recently Joe Dispenza’s “Breaking the habit of being yourself”.

I’ve written and submitted a couple of articles and, aside from a head cold that put me out of action for a week, feel pretty awake.

Yet, I’ve not done much to advance my dreams.

Harry’s constantly working towards his dreams!
My old family home

Mum’s house has finally sold and now, after two years, we’re finally clearing it out. It’s proving an emotional and exhausting job but, amid the memories, I’m focusing on the gratitude of what was and my vision and hope for the future.

However, some days the grey thoughts hover like persistent clouds. What with hubby working interstate more these days and a close family member battling a serious health concern, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

It’s these times I feel like I should be doing more. More writing, more earning, more learning, more working towards my vision, more caring, more of everything … but then I catch myself.

Whoa, STOP.

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why do we have a mindset that thinks we have to “do” all the time and why is it so hard to shift it? What’s with the unhelpful, wasted thoughts. Because that’s what they are …

So in April I’m trying to be more aware of where my mind is taking my thoughts.

Aware of when those thoughts start to overwhelm.

Aware of the need to step away and into a different environment, to find that stillness and perspective.

Yet also aware that, even if the environment’s not perfect, we can still keep our thoughts positive and our dreams alive.

Things don’t need to be perfect, we don’t have to have it all figured out and we don’t have to rush. There is no time frame. We can create something out of nothing. Nature knows that.

An early morning visitor last week

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had so many visitors from nature. Black and yellow crested cockatoos, kookaburras, a tawny frogmouth, an alien looking stick insect that latched itself onto my kitchen window when I was trying to paint and a magpie that flew onto my decking and nearly landed on me.

Perhaps it’s nature’s way of telling me to chill out or fly high and not to be scared to fall.

What we focus on does more than grow, it becomes our reality

One blogger on Instagram recently left me a comment in response to a post. He said “Jump and build your wings on the way down”. How I love that. Trusting. Having faith. Believing and starting rather than waiting for things to be perfect before taking action.

So that’s what I’m doing. Yesterday (and again this morning) on my usual walk with Harry everything felt enhanced. The wildlife in the wetland ponds, the noisy birds in the gum trees. I felt in the flow and mindful of everything around me.

I saw a guy flying his remote controlled plane. Watching it, knowing he was operating it reminded me that we have some control over our destiny. We can chart our course, it might go a bit haywire sometimes, but as the pilot we can choose where we want to go.

So much awareness dawned on me and as I looked up I was filed with a huge sense of hope and possibility.

Then just before my walk ended I met up with someone I hadn’t seen for ages and, as our dogs played, we chatted and caught up on life. Small moments that leave a big impact.

Yes, our thoughts create our reality. Every single one of them has an impact on us. If we make a conscious decision to be more aware of them, maybe, in that awareness, we can create a new reality. One that breaks free of old ways of thinking and replaces them with a new version. One that’s joyous, adaptable, spontaneous and open to receiving.

Here’s to breaking free and living the life we deserve.

Wishing you an April that’s full of abundance, openness and awareness.

In light and love

Sunrise and more visitors this morning from my back decking
Wetlands magic on my walk

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