Monday, March 27, 2017

A Community of Love and Trust

We build community with those we love and trust.

When we do what we love, it sets up an attracting flow.

People with complimentary skills show up in our lives and expand our work.

People who are benefitted by our work show up and are enabled to increase their flow.

Building a community on what we love to do creates trust in all those around us.

Others are encouraged to do what they love, and of course, to do it well.

Our level of skill grows through a commitment to doing what we love.

This attracts appreciation; more people want to be part of it.

Places appear where more specialized needs can be met, and the community grows through genuine interactions.

An authentic community of skills and appreciation blesses everyone within it with love and trust.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Solution to Being "Over-Revved"

After a morning of really good, productive work, we picked up our food co-op order and brought it home.

We had planned to do some more activities, but I found that I had “over-revved” myself, and needed to just shut down for a while.

As I calmed down and considered what I had put on the agenda for the rest of the day, I realized that it had quite a few components, more than I really felt prepared to deal with.

So, I just took one of them, food preparation and canning based on our co-op order, plus taking care of an extra crate of about sixty green peppers a neighbor had given us.

I simply curled up with the Blue Book Guide to Canning, and found three recipes that suited our produce box, and then felt relieved enough to enjoy the rest of the day.

Another time, I will make an appropriate “house-warming” gift for a friend’s new quilt store.

Another time, I will pick up supplies for my husband to make me a cheese press.

Another time, I will buy the gallons of raw milk to make the cheese.

I can stay in balance without hurrying or pushing myself over the top.

I can live in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

I am so grateful to recognize when my body tells me to slow down.

Now that I respect the intelligence of what my body is telling me, I can still enjoy everything else I want to do, without “over-revving” my body’s engine.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Discovering the Peace and Truth Within Me

I have allowed myself to become so bombarded by the noise and confusion of the news, that I found I had to make a directed effort to come back to the peace within me.

As I began to listen for the now familiar feeling of peace, I shut out more and more of the noise and the confusion.

There is an addicting sense of excitement which I finally recognized as not being part of what I am interested in.

My inward peace is now leading me to the truth of my day.

Is there any confusion in my day?

Do I still know who I am?

Do I still understand my purpose?

Am I still able to accomplish it?

I am not confused about my day, nor who I am, my purpose or my ability to accomplish it.

That is my peace and that is my truth.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, March 17, 2017

Express Peace

How do we express peace?

By living with integrity.

By giving everyone the same consideration we give ourselves.

By releasing our small opinions.

By expanding our world view.

By loving and cherishing every single person we see.

By being kind.

By sharing our overflow.

By loving and caring for the earth.

By surrounding ourselves with a beautiful garden.

By helping others create beautiful gardens.

By releasing our fears and replacing them with love.

By helping others release their fears.

By building a community of fearless givers.

We all have the capacity to live in peace in these ways.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, March 6, 2017

People Under Pressure

One of the most valuable things I am learning is not to put myself under pressure.

It is exhilarating, of course, to meet a deadline.

But it is also satisfying to prepare in advance and that is usually possible.

The adrenalin rush should be reserved for crisis situations, not used for daily competence.

Growing up and raising children put me and them under all sorts of deadlines.

Now that I have time to look at all of that frantic life, I can see it would take a new philosophy to act differently.

So I am developing one.

All the things which we do separately can be done in a small co-operative setting.

Small groups of four to six families can cover all the bases, earning income, cleaning house, grocery shopping and meal preparations, gardening (for fresher and healthier food) and lawn care, childcare and homework supervision, after school activities transportation, repair work, laundry.

The time of neighborliness is not past, but it does need to be renovated, since we are all so used to isolation with all of our time-saving appliances.

A good routine and schedule also helps a lot, as do services which perform all our needs.

But, it could help remove a significant amount of pressure once the new model of small cooperative groups is worked out.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, March 2, 2017

All You Need Always

Never in a hurry.

All you need always, right where you are, right in front of you.

there is always time for calm.

Each step taken in calm deflects confusion.

It adds to the peace of mind around you.

It creates inner peace.

It shows the true nature of who you are.

It gives a tone of harmonious control to your life.

Moving quickly when there is a need can also be done in a calm state.

Everything is prepared for quick or slow motion.

But calm is constant.

You have all the calm you need at any time, always.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Capacity for Peace

Our capacity for peace is without limit.

Even individually, this is a challenge, but it is a great goal.

Not to become irritated or agitated is a practice we can initiate several times a day.

As we practice peace in our individual lives, it expands into our communities.

All those daily interactions which show we care for each other has a long-range and long-term comforting effect.

We begin to lose some of our fear.

As a practice, the possibilities for extending this are enormous.

Just maintaining it for ourselves is immense.

A workshop which I took began with finding a reference point for peace.

A thought, an image, a word, a breath.

By bringing ourselves to peace as often as we can, we are creating an uplifting atmosphere for ourselves and for others.

The possibilities for building on this practice send thought and action in a completely new and refreshing direction.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage