Empowerment Through Mindful Living

Empowerment is not a topic I often reflect upon

Last month, I wrote an article for Nabalo Magazine.  They offered a number of topics that I could write about and I found myself drawn to the concept of empowerment.  It is not something that I often consider.  As a middle aged person, I feel I have been learning all along my journey how to empower myself and others.  By no means am I an expert at this but I wondered as my fingers brushed the keys if empowerment were truly a priority for me.

It brought up a whole series of questions for me.  Is finding a silent state and moment of calm my way of finding my inner strength?  Does writing about challenges I face through my illness strengthen me from the inside?  Does finding positive ways to handle adversity give me the strength I need to face the next hurdle?

Empowerment Mindful Living
Today is the day!

I’m pretty darn sure, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, that you know where this one is going….

Is what I do ’empowerment’?

As I wrote, I realized, that my meditation flowers that I reach to for guidance each morning, are my form of empowerment.  I gain confidence and resilience through watching them each day as we evolve together.  Using flowers is my assurance that even if I am feeling very unwell, that I’ll have a bright spot in my day (this is often enough to at least get me out of my bed).  More often than not, though, my garden walk helps me to build my strength to face the day.  Another example of gaining energy and motivation from inside myself.

Writing about and sharing my challenges, and connecting with others, helps me to build a fortress of resolve for that day when my thoughts may choose to turn their back on me.  Finding purpose during adversity is teaching me that darkness and light really do have to exist at the same time.  Gratitude is helping me to understand that I have abundance no matter my areas of lack.

So, today is the day.  The August edition is being published ‘for real‘ and I am in it.  I feel exhilarated, and excited, and truly grateful.  I am both proud of my accomplishment and terrified to send it out into the ether!

I also feel empowered!

Love Ingrid x

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Love Ingrid x

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Spring Planting

One of the best parts of going to the nursery to look at plants and seedlings is HOPE.  Every time I walk along the rows and rows of new flowers, ready for planting, I get a real boost.  I can feel the possibility!

Spring planting is such a fantastic time of year.  I get to plan out my veggie garden and sort out what to do this year to optimize vegetable yields.  Generally, this means a whole lot of labour but seeing as I am minding my healing process, this year it is a lot of pointing and allocating and no actual work (I am so spoiled)!  This time of year marks a time when I can anticipate the excitement of plants coming to life and future fun spent outdoors enjoying suppers al fresco and indulging in recipes made with my own ingredients.

My brain instantly goes to Greek salads and fresh peas and beans eaten right off the vine.

Flowers in the nursery are just a fraction of their future greatness.  They have no idea how lovely they will be or how much joy I will get from watching them all summer and into the fall.  The rows and rows of vibrant reds, oranges, purples, and greens inspire such hope and light and wonder.  The flowers in those pots carry so much meaning as I wander through choosing what glory to bring to my yard this year.

The flowers in the nursery are my SOMETHING WONDERFUL at this time of year.

Love Ingrid x

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