Wednesday, March 07, 2012

every drop fills the bucket

This morning I was listening to a recording my Babaji and of our efforts to walk this path and take care of ourselves and the greater good he says "every drop fills the bucket".

I think often times we tell ourselves it's not a "real" yoga practice unless we spend over an hour on our yoga mat.

It's not really meditation unless we light a candle and sit peacefully for 20-30 minutes.

I can't really write that book unless I carve out two hours to write daily.

I can't do more of what I love unless I quit my day job.

Babaji's words also reminded me of this passage by Danna Faulds that I love:

"As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward without even knowing where I'm going, that many times I can make the choice to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk slowly into the mystery."

Today I'm getting curious about the little drops, the short and sweet efforts I can make to fill the bucket.

Some thoughts include:

*standing up at random times and stretching my arms up towards the sky and folding down deep towards the earth.
*checking in with my body at each stoplight.
*verbally appreciating the efforts of each person who serve me in any way today (store clerk, barista, etc).
*joining my dog outside in the backyard for a burst of fresh air
*having a one song dance party
*giving and receiving one delicious and affirming hug
*sitting and feeling the sun on my skin for a few minutes
*send a kind text, email, or card to someone
*holding down dog for five breaths or five minutes
*read one poem
*call someone and let them know I've been thinking of them (and if I'm short on time saying, "Hey I've only got 5 minutes but I've been thinking of you......"
*setting my kitchen timer for 15 minutes and pick up around the big blue house.
*randomly doing something nice for someone
*writing five adjectives that describe my day in my journal.
*telling myself and others "you is kind, you is smart, you is important."

And in case you're needing to hear it.....

What are other short and sweet ways you can think of to "fill the bucket"?


Optimistic Existentialist said...

GREAT blog!! Always good to see fellow KY bloggers :)

Amanda @ Click. The Good News said...

Thanks for this gentle reminder- I've thought about it several times this week & just think about how little changes and a few stolen minutes add up to significant changes at the end of the day.