When Boredom Points You Home
July 24, 2019

How long does it take to not write an article?

The answer is all day.

All day I’ve been doodling, snoozing, reading books, walking and taking photos. All day I’ve had a slight nagging thought ‘write your blog’ and all day I’ve tried (I’ve written random paragraphs) but ultimately failed.

Would the blackbirds bobbing on the lawn inspire me?

Or what about the walk with friends across the moors?

Then there was the joy of seeing the blackberries starting to emerge from their flowers, hard and green, but starting their journey towards autumn plumpness.

A phone call today, where I talked to a fellow coach and we marvelled at the simplicity of our work, triggered another paragraph, but nothing really flowed.

They all inspired a few words, but there was no momentum.

It was like pushing over the first domino on a line. But rather than hear the satisfying clatter of falling tiles only a couple fall and  the rest stayed standing.

I’ve been watching tv, contemplating life under our new prime minister, eating tea and walking the dog. Yet despite a day full of nothing and everything, no words linked together.

Then suddenly something started to spill onto the page.

My fingers moved on the keyboard, my sense of inertia lifted and I was off again. Typing, listening inwards, hearing the words take form in my head and allowing them to emerge before my eyes on the screen.

What made the difference?

Was it food? Was it an inspiring tv programme? Was it trawling Facebook? Was it giving myself a good telling off?

No, it was just the natural ebb and flow of life doing its thing. It was me seeing that I wasn’t ready until I was ready.

It was me moving at the pace of life, falling in and out of frustration, experiencing the connection and flow as well as the sluggishness and lethargy in equal measure.

It was me, in touch with my Inner Compass, allowing life to unfold in whatever form it was going to take on this particular day.

Every day I am in touch with what it is to be human.

Some days I am inspired beyond words, I see the sunrise, the river or the abundance of greenery on the moors and my heart is light, free, soaring and singing.

On other days I see the sunrise, the river and the greenery on Dartmoor and I sense a ‘flatness’ and ‘disinterest’ as I plod through the day towards bedtime.

Without a judgement on either experience (the heart singing, or the heart plodding) they are just circumstances unfolding in the life of Liz.

The Inner Compass isn’t pointing to WHAT I do or how well I do things.

The Inner Compass is pointing to the awareness and presence of being, that is the backdrop and observer to the whole of my life.

When I see beyond the rapid-changing scenery of experience and I focus instead on that state of awareness and presence – then I am back in touch with the calm knowing that is always constant.

It is the same for you too.

 

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  1. Sandy Mackintosh

    Wonderful! After a lifetime of trying to fix myself and find solutions for others, it’s music to my ears to hear that I don’t need to do that. and, it’s great to know I can read the above again and remind myself of its blazing truth! Thank you

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