Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Path We Choose


"More important than finding the teacher is finding and following the truth of the teaching...."
-- Sogyal Rinpoche

Walking Your Talk is a New Age buzz phrase that you hear a lot of these days. But what does it really mean?

There is a story told about Mahatma Gandhi:

A lady brought her son and said he ate too much sugar. She wanted Gandhi to tell him to stop. Gandhi said to bring the child back the next week. The next week she brought the child and Gandhi said “Stop eating sugar child”. And the child did. A month later the lady came back and said “My child has done what you asked, but why could you not have spoken to him the first time I came.” “Lady”, said Gandhi, “a week earlier I was still eating sugar”.

“Walking Your Talk” is living what you say. It makes you accountable for actually following your personal beliefs, tenants, laws, commandments or rules that govern your life.

It is a hard path to follow. And it makes you think…a lot…about every choice and each thing you say and do.

For instance, when I realized that my son was being subject to a toxic soup of bath and shampoo products…I felt that I had not followed my healing path. It was a horrible awakening and I threw everything away from cleaners to beauty products.

Now we only use natural products. Natural products have a shorter shelf life because there are no preservatives in them. There are no separators to keep the product looking good; so many times you have to give your product a good shake before using. But who cares? It was so worth it to switch!

It is like my diet. I am dedicated to it. I track my points. I eat on points. End of story. I made a commitment to myself and that is that. When someone says, “Go on eat it; it doesn’t matter,” I get upset. It really does matter to me.

Ask any recovering addict if taking one (fill in vice of choice) will destroy all they have worked so hard for. The things that we believe in, that shape the way we live may be personal but they have meaning.

I am watching the pounds fall away and a new me take shape inside and out. And it feels really…good. Today I wore a top that I haven’t been able to fit in for two years…last night I slept on my stomach for the first time in two years. Yes, they are two little things that don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things…but to me they are gems in my crown.

And these things are only possible by staying true to my beliefs and walking my talk.


This is Ishbel done and blocking. I love her. She was a struggle...but well worth it in the end.

On the craft front I’ve been knitting from stash. My stash…like my WIP list…is huge. I keep thinking I have a handle on everything and then I find another poor project tucked away and forgotten. I’m trying to round up all these orphans and either finish them or frog them.

I’ve been working hard to finish things up and not start up a project until another is done. And that is going really well. I have finished up more projects already this year then I had finished all of last year. I’m working on making things for fair too.

All this has a deeper meaning because if the projects are under control then I will start designing again. This is not an easy process but it is one that I enjoy. Taking an idea in my head and getting it to adhere to gauge is always very challenging for me. I am horrible with math and I end up having to ask DH to check my calculations.

Everything flows into something else and all things have meaning if one takes the time to look.

When I started to think about walking it made me ponder each step. Steps seem so insignificant by themselves but without each leg of a journey we would never get anywhere. Without each foot following the other; we would stand still.

Each goal is like this. Each one has steps to achieve it. To try and do all the steps at once will spell disaster; but to do the best you can in working towards your goals each day will bring forth a satisfying journey. And before you know it you will be at your goal.

But you must be dedicated and true to your purpose. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose goal…just important to you.

Felted Mice

I'm sorry to reuse a photo...but my mouse stuffer is not feeling well. The ones I made this week were magenta and a heathery blue that changes color with the light.

One of my craft goals is to have 20 mice made by the end of the month. I’ve got 7 knit up already. :)

Little steps…each one leads to another…and one of these days I’ll find myself somewhere…all I know is that I intend to enjoy the journey.



Stitch-n-Snitch said...


rueyeet said...

I'm proud of you for working on all your WIPs....they accumulate so easily, and yet there's always another one waiting in the wings. I do the same thing with my drawings, to the point that there are whole to-do lists I've entirely abandoned...I should take inspiration from you and actually FINISH something for a change. O:

And you're Aries...what's MY excuse? :D

Much love!

KnitNana said...

Oh yes, I've been there - Can't you just have one bite? How can a simple piece of cake hurt your diet? What IS wrong with you, you used to be so much fun and we could go ANYWHERE to eat???

Well...too many points or the wrong kind of points! And it's me who is choosing...because we can eat anything we want to eat, as long as we count the points.

Frankly? I'd rather fill up on 0 points.

and those mousies are adorable!

teabird said...

What a wonderful post! Even if the story about Gandhi isn't true, it's **true**, since he was both student and teacher.

The shawl is beautiful, and shows how the mindfulness of sticking to a discipline (or project)can be a good path and have lovely results!

(I really loved this post)

twinsetellen said...

Cleaning things up, whatever your personal definition of clean, feels so good, I agree. And it definitely opens space for creativity. Nicely put, and your Ishbel is nicely knit, too!

Geraldine said...

Your shawl is GORGEOUS!!! Love it, on all counts. What a great project to complete. I want one...LOL!!! So beautiful.

You bring up some very good points in this post. We all are evolving, in terms of the choices we make, we should be. We can't be enlightened on all things, at all times. It's when we know better and still do something we shouldn't that's where it gets muddy. I am thinking back to all the junk I put on my skin for years, in my hair etc. What could one do? Know one even thought about these things, much. I am now getting ready to sell natural cosmetics in our area, another project. I've found a wonderful BC company that sells natural products this way (sorta like a "cleaned up" version of Avon). I am so looking forward to helping this cause along.

I will be posting another snow pic with poem(in about an hour actually) and Mr. C is over at Veggies...so see you soon.

Hugs and thanks for a very thought-provoking and beautiful post.

Geraldine said...

PS: I'm having some issues visiting a few of my fav blogs. Sallee's just came up Access Control denied. Any ideas?

Geraldine said...

Just stopping in to leave a big hug and to thank you for the comments, most appreciated.

Hugs from me

(and Mr. Cheddar too) :<)

Birdsong said...

I love the mice.... thanks for the reminder that the long road really does lead to joy:)