Sacred in the Ordinary

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“Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

One of the worst feelings for me is when Im stuck in a rut. The monotony of repeating the same things over and over, day in and out. We have all experienced this at one time or another. Although, some people like predictability and routine. I find inspiration in opening opportunities for mini, micro-adventures. Seeking out the sacred in the ordinary, day to day. We think the day is over or they bleed into the next, with our work and responsibility. Ask yourself, what will quench my thirst as I explore new avenues within myself when I uncover unfamiliar grounds? New sights, to open and engage the senses. To recalibrate yourself and become more present because your varying perspectives. When we traverse our “well worn trail”, we lose sight of the details around us because our awareness dulls with repetitition. Unless, something is obvious or your more perceptive than most.

I contemplate on the ability to create newness in the everyday. To adapt the philosophy of the Native Scout, to never take the same way twice. Does this make me more adaptable to change, if I keep shifting? And if I walk with this philosophy on the outer, what paths do I choose to take on the inner?

Allow your self to be led, almost as if guided by your curiosity, your intuition. And allow that to dictate your movement. Explore the known, with the eyes of the unknown.

Engage in the adventure of wandering. When you awaken to your day, ask, where will I be led today? Where will my spirit take me? Allow me to open myself to the mystery of this day, and what does it have to reveal to me? We can have everything planned out, and we still walk blindfolded in the element of the unknown and how it truly plays out.
Explore new territory, maybe a different route home from work. Be mindful and open to new things you may see. Pull over and walk in the field of wildflowers you pass by everyday. Fill your life force with the beauty that surrounds you. Remind yourself that it is EVERYWHERE. That you can take moments of wandering, in adventure even if its just around the bend. Create depth and significance in what most would consider common place.

Even if for 2 minutes, take your morning cup of coffee and walk in the neglected corner of your back yard. Listen to the birds singing in the trees. How do their songs change with the seasons? Discover the fox tracks written on the earth. Pick up the feather left behind as a gift and reminder, to maybe walk with grace, or whatever it invokes for you. There is an invitation to wildness awaiting around the corner..

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