I struggle with even putting this into words.
We’re working on this teaching in yoga called aparigraha. It means non-grasping. In its simplest form it’s about letting go of worldly possessions. That new purse I don’t need, the shoes that won’t actually change my life, the table cloth, vase, toys for the kids that won’t bring me happiness or inner peace but will simply serve to clutter my life.
Aparigraha is about the belief that objects can bring you happiness. Shiny new toys will not make me better or happier in any meaningful way. But my hobbies make me happy. I love yoga and I have a really great mat to practice on. Is that wrong? Making things with my hands- making art- brings me joy, it’s about the process as much as it is the product. That doesn’t feel wrong to me. I’m getting ready to throw a big birthday bash; I think it’s okay to get ready for the event.
I need to find balance with this. I shouldn’t feel guilty for the occasional craft here and there, or my new camera (birthday gift) or my new iPad (also a birthday gift). These things help me take better pictures of my kids and read blogs and articles about my interests. The items themselves don’t bring me joy, but what they do makes me happy.
With the exception of food and basic toiletry supplies I can’t think of anything I covet right now. I’m going to try to buy only the things I need and only the things my family needs and leave everything else behind. No impulse purchases (because in all honesty they just make me feel guilty in the end). No more extras falling into my cart at the grocery store. No more inventing an errand to run just so I can get out of the house.
I want to try this experiment where I only take what I need (what my family needs) and no more. I don’t know what it will mean. I have no idea what challenges will come up along the way, but I’m going to explore this Yamaand see what happens!
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Jack suddenly saw him differently. He was an equal, a playmate, a buddy. Before Henry was walking Jack saw him as simply the baby. Now he refers to Henry as “My best friend” or “My brother.”
It’s amazing to me how one change in Henry can change everything for Jack.
The thing with water is, when you have it it’s easy to take it for granted. You could leave your tap running every time you brush your teeth and hardly notice a difference on your water bill. (If you have well water -I’m very jealous of you- and you would notice a difference on your power bill.)
You turn on your tap and have access to safe filtered water any time for any purpose. But you don’t need to water the garden with drinking water. You don’t need your kids to swim in drinking water. You don’t need to wash your car with drinking water. But there’s rarely an alternative to using water from the tap. Fortunately, now we have a choice. While it’s impractical to wash my car from my rain barrel I can water the veggies and fill the kiddie pool with rain water. We put it right next to the garden to make it even easier to get the water where it needs to go.
The radishes like to be rinsed in it.
I love that this change is more eco friendly. I love that we’re saving money (even if it’s just a little bit). But I really love that this makes caring for the veggie garden even easier. No more lugging the hose out there and then needing to wind it neatly back up when I’m done. This is one of those “Why didn’t we do this before?!” type of projects. It’s genius!
Favorite Things!!! I’m not Oprah, so you’re not getting an iPad. But here are 4 of my favorite things. And it’s my gift to you, gentle readers. You can enter the same as before, one for a comment and bonus for being a follower. This giveaway will also close at 6:31pm this Wednesday.Voila!This Hazelnut flavored Agave Sweetener is my favorite addition to my morning coffee. It makes me feel like I’ve gone to a fancy coffee shop but it’s a natural healthy sweetener and it tastes amazing and it’s more budget friendly than a 4 dollar-a-day coffee habit! So in an effort to bring my addiction to you, I’d like you to have one.
I love having a sweet treat on hand. I like these Ginger Candies because they’re yummy and comparatively speaking, good for you. And if the kids try to pilfer from my stash I don’t feel guilty about sharing because they contain natural ingredients.
Speaking of the kids, this is a great “It’s time to leave the playground/ Go to the store /Finish your meal bribe” And they’re made of natural ingredients! Because they’re gummy they take a while to eat which is an added bonus for me!