Have you ever felt mentally worn out, burnt out or overwhelmed? When we let our thoughts run around, controlling our emotions and reactions, we can be exhausted just by our own mind. The quick fix is to tune out the thoughts, with different distractions, commonly tv, glass of wine, chat with a friend, adrenaline sports, texting, facebooking, overworking etc. But those pesky thoughts will only be on temporary hold, like hitting the pause button.
Have you noticed that engagement in community activities is becoming a rare and less frequently observed reality of everyday life? While the demise of voluntary organizations and the advancing average age of the remaining volunteers seems a clear and present reality in almost every walk of life, nowhere does it seem so evident as in our engagement in the body politic. As vital as the decision making processes of government are to every aspect of life and living, modern folk seem unwilling to take the time to even cast a ballot, let alone participate in public discourse.
The Rossland Auxiliary to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #10 was chartered on July 6, 1946.
Our purpose is to aid the patriotic and humanitarian plans of the F.O.E. As stated on the windows of the Rossland Eagles’ building on Columbia Avenue, we are “People Helping People”.
To this end, our Auxiliary runs a hamburger booth during three annual community events, hosts a Fall and/or Spring Tea, contributes to a Mother’s Day basket each year, as well as, to the West Kootenay Toy Run and the Rossland Firefighters’ Christmas toy collection.
I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop called the Art of Hosting early last week. During our time together some 38 people learned a bit more about holding space in community. About ways of holding space that invite others into speech, participation and connection; creates conditions by which understanding, common purpose and shared desires might find life out of individual passions, capable champions and thoughtful conversations.
I haven't got my assessment report back yet, but I expect I will soon enough. It doesn't matter since I already have a fair idea of some of the things I need to do.
Each night cold air drips down my basement walls. I've put it off for long enough already: Insulate and seal up the rims and put blue foam wall to wall.
I won't know until I get my report if it's worth it to go for gold and insulate the basement to R-23, or if most of the energy savings are already realized at R-10 with a less expensive, thinner wall.
A beginner's mind.
Every time you step onto your mat, every time you interact with someone, every time you head into the world and take a deep breath is an opportunity to practice, and opportunity to let go and to open your mind to the possibilities.
It doesn’t matter if you have never practiced Yoga before, or if you are a longtime practioner, once you take a step onto your mat it is a new experience. With a beginners mind you have no expectation, you can be open to whatever the experience provides you. The longer I have been practicing Yoga, the more humble I become.
I am not sure how it is for you, but for me, truth is not so much in seeing, but in questioning.
If I should see someone on the corner, or in the doorway, looking for help with something, and my question is: “I wonder what he did, or did not do, to end up like that?" then I have created a truth about my world and how I see it. I have created a truth about my world and how it sees me.