Sometimes I end up adding too much into my life and there comes a day when you think about those things that need doing and then you are really stressed out. I try to stop before I get to that point. I often have to let go and step back a bit. Take a little time to regroup and take a look at all the restraints I put on myself and really decide what is important and what is not.
I have been doing something called the Daily Challenge. Today it said Take something off your To do List. So I took off the Fake Journal. I am three days behind and just don't feel like putting the effort to getting back in the groove with it. I will still do it but not in the time frame of the group.
I also decided to skip my knitting group and take the dog for a walk. I grabbed my ipod to listen to John Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go There You Are. Its my favorite meditation Cd to listen to when I feel life spinning out of control. Its not a meditation but a book on tape. The calmness of his voice and thought of meditating like a mountain or a lake always bring me back to the present, to that moment of stillness that I am craving.
One of the things I learned at the Writers Spa with Jennifer Louden a few years back was about conditions of satisfaction, We were to decide what we wanted to get out of the retreat. We set those conditions at the beginning and then we were also allowed to change them too. I decided to also use that idea today. I had set a goal of having my next class ready by May 1st and have been scrambling to get things done. Yes its driving me nuts and putting extra stress on me that I do not need. So I am letting go of that date. Instead of pushing for it I decided to take it slow and just do what I can. If its not ready till June well that is ok too!
So I have had an interesting day because I have done nothing that I had really planned to do. It feels great too! Maybe that is what freedom is all about.