Today's lesson from Simple Abundance (by Sarah Ban Breathnach) is about finding the treasure within. That the 'diamonds' are buried right beneath our feet - as many an old proverb teaches. In Buddhism there is a story about a man who has a diamond sewn into the hem of his cloak, but doesn't know it's there - and goes wandering about trying to find his 'riches'. Only after he is completely worn out, is he shown that he had riches with him the whole time.
About finding joy in everyday things, and finding our own particular 'treasures' right beneath our feet. Of course, this is the teaching of gratitude - appreciating what we already have.
I have been keeping a gratitude diary for a couple of months now - and always have no problem finding at least five things to be grateful each day.
Today was cold and frosty, but the sun was HOT and they sky was BLUE!
I had a lovely four hours with two friends visiting Godolphin (a National Trust property locally). It is apparently the oldest garden that the NT owns in the whole of the UK. It dates back to 1300's and hasn't been 'Trustified' as one of the volunteers put it - in other words - un-spoilt and left as near as possible to it's original state.
We walked to the top of Godolphin Hill - so I got my exercise!
Apparently Godolphin House was used in the 1970s version of Poldark
I found my first snowdrops of the year!
I bought myself a nice mug from the shop there - in the sale, and a pretty little decoration to enjoy next Xmas (a tea-light holder with a carousel of tiny metal xmas trees which goes round and round in the heat from the candle - cute!)
I've had a good eating day - fresh, plant-based foods all day. A lovely mug of decaff coffee to enjoy while I blog here.
A hot-water bottle to warm my bed, and a good book to read.
another day off tomorrow!
A friend is coming over late afternoon, for a meal before we go out together to a Buddhist meeting. I'll have entertained and fed three different friends in four days! I haven't done that for a very long time. It feels good. I like cooking things I know people like - tomorrow it'll be something comforting: veggie sausages, baked beans, mashed potato! I know she'll love it.
So, lots of 'diamonds' in my life right now - I am so fortunate.
PS - Following on from yesterday, I just purchased a book (on-line) about the gut/microbiome - I'll let you know!
by Alanna Collen