It was an Inspiring weekend. The sky was cloudy. Visibility was 30 to 50 feet when I woke up – a thick fog. We had our Pause Your Life Colorado Springs meetup at 10:00AM MST. Wasn’t sure what to expect because of the iffy weather, but Chris and I were ready. Chris made some Green Tea. Earlier he was planning to bring 3 or 4 different types of vintage teas for the Meetup – a Tea Tasting! At times he goes a little too far 🙂 With all the materials required for the meetup we drove to the Ute Valley Park.
I know couple of our members RSVP’d NO because of the weather, but we were there hoping someone would show up. Yes – they did – Glenn and Leslie!!! What a surprise; they are our new next door neighbors. We had casually mentioned our meetup to Leslie on Friday. So here we were – a small group of 4. Chris did his BIG intro to Pause Your Life. I enjoy it every time when he does it; it reinforces the vital Foundation of the Pause Your Life organization. After the Universe Box exercise we went around and read the handout – Right Beginnings – from Byways of Blessedness by James Allen. What a great life principle.
Then we started the hike which lasted a bit longer than an hour. Glenn and Leslie had been living in the Springs for over 2 decades so they were our tour guides! We reached the “Top Of the World” as their children used to call it – a relatively flat area on top of a hill. So serene and beautiful. A great place for a group meditation – in Nature, among the wild flowers and rocks.
As we walked we discussed the Right Beginnings reading and slowly got into the meaning and essence of it. The park was as beautiful as James Allen’s writings.
After hiking we returned back to the parking lot and did our universal prayer. Then we said goodbye to our neighbors only to meet again about an hour later to do some gardening! Yes – some fall gardening and preparing the soil for spring!
I never had this opportunity in my life – to have a small piece of land where I could really grow vegetables! Chris and I were very much looking forward to it. In New Jersey I was very content growing Peppers and Tomatoes in containers 🙂 Leslie and Glenn have a fairly large well-tended garden – totally organic. Leslie even maintains a compost pile! She was so generous to allow us to use one of her raised beds to plant our Garlic. O YES – look at those tiny holes 6” apart and 4” deep. Carefully we put in the Garlic cloves and covered it with hay and stapled netting over the top so the hay wouldn’t blow away 😉 Our job was done; from here on Nature will take over and do what she has to do! Amazing how in life Nature plays such a critical role in our existence, Really we share the roles – there are some things that are under our control and some things which are not – as James Allen says in the reading:
“There are beginnings over which you have no control and authority—these are without, in the universe, in the world of nature around you, and in other people who have the same liberty as yourself.
“Do not concern yourself with these beginnings, but direct your energies and attention to those beginnings over which you have complete control and authority, and which bring about the complicated web of results which compose your life.
“These beginnings are to be found in the realm of your own thoughts and actions; in your mental attitude under the variety of circumstances through which you pass; in your conduct day by day—in short, in your life as you make it, which is your world of good or ill.”
This is the part we are in control of: Getting the soil ready.
So after planting our garlic in Leslie’s garden we headed over to our small bed of soil where we proceeded to prepare part of it for spring. Yes, for next year you plan and put in your effort NOW. This is NOT a fast food service where you drive through a window, pay and get fed. You can see this enormous dependability and trust we develop towards Nature. We do our part and the rest is left to the Universe. It also inculcates patience as well as the capacity to understand some of the unseen things that happen beyond our sensory perception.
Life has something or other to offer every day, as long as we are open and ready to learn and integrate that wisdom. We were very grateful for this wonderful weekend!
Life without a plan,
As useless as the moment it began,
Serves merely as a soil for discontent
To thrive in, an encumbrance ere half spent.