Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey

Both abundance and lack of abundance exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend . . . when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us happiness—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

I like the visual of which garden we choose to tend. All of us have them both. If you are a visual person or have some talent why not draw up a picture of your garden of abundance and your garden of lack. Label each thing in both gardens with what is growing there. If you have no talent (like me) just do your best. It's not the artistic talent we're looking for, it's the experience. This would be a good addition to your journal or scrapbook if you chose to do one. If it would make you feel better, set the garden of lack on fire and watch it burn. You will then have only the garden of abundance to enjoy.

Well my blogging friends I haven't been keeping you posted on my progress and yesterday morning I weighed in at 215.5; I started at 223 and reported that I was going to go in 10 lb. increments so my first goal is nearly reached. I have one more week so I should be close if not there. I will be making another graph for a 10 lb. loss and continue to weigh in on Mondays and Thursdays. I have to figure out how to get a picture up - will work on that. I see some of you standing in front of a full length mirror for that. I don't have one but I can go to our Wellness Center - they have mirrors everywhere. It isn't the emotional roller coaster it used to be so I really don't have anything to vent so much. I would rather be supportive to those of you who are really fighting an emotional battle as well as a physical one.


  1. Congratulations on your desired weight loss. You're very close to your first goal--lots of good work.

    I want to correct you on something you wrote. If you have enough talent to sign your name, you have enough talent to make beautiful pictures. One of my art teachers used to say that and she was right. If you have the money, the time, and the interest, take a beginning drawing course at a community college near you. You'll never be sorry you did, and you'll do gorgeous stuff as time goes on--I promise.

    Nice quote. Thank you.

  2. Myra, you're always so thought provoking! The garden analogy really pertains to so many areas and relationships in my life. I will certainly consider working up the drawing you suggested. Thanks for making me think!

  3. Great post! I love your positive attitude. Congrats to you for working your plan! I'm so glad we connected.

  4. FF - I signed up for a little seminar on painting once. What a hoot. I think we were supposed to paint an iris or something. I honestly did not know where to begin. I probably need to start at a lower level and work up to an iris. I am so left brain it's pathetic :-) I was great at algebra but geometry was a nightmare. I am not good at seeing things three dimensional. One sculptor was asked how he worked and he said when he viewed the large chunk of rock he just cut away the parts that were not the statue. My hat's off to people like that. I will just have to enjoy their work. What passes for art today is a point of contention for me. A crucifix upside down in a jar of urine? Three urinals on a wall? A pile of paper wads in a corner? Can someone explain this to me?

    Evolution - thinking is a good thing!! I am so glad you get something from my blog and that you take the time to comment.

  5. E. Jane - oops - I posted my answers above and your comment popped up. I, too, am glad we connected. Hope to see you often and read your comments.

  6. Myra,

    Brilliant post as always! Finding joy in the journey can be really hard sometimes, but it's important to try. I am not a good artist, but maybe I'll try something. I know I need to focus on my abundance much more than I do! Thanks for reminding me!

    Maria's Musings and Weight Loss

  7. Not all art is like that--only the "high-class" art scene in the upper echelons of Europe and New York. My husband sells paintings; I do a little, and neither one of us does anything like the Serrano crucifix. (I think that was his name.) Pretty pictures are still desirable and people want them.

    By the way, Serrano always said that his intent with the photograph of the crucifix in urine was to denounce the commercialism of Christ and the "pissing" people had done on his image in the modern world. This is quite the opposite of what most people thought he was saying. I must say it shocked me when I first saw it.

    I agree that an iris is a bit much to start out with! That's not fair to the students. It's setting them up to fail. I'm so sorry you had that experience, because the way you use your words, you are most definitely an artist. I guess your writing will remain your art, then. At least you can appreciate beauty, right? And share what you find with us, too.