Rain! Rain! Rain!

Hello everyone!

You may remember me bragging about our extended summer and the lack of rain which is usually so typical of Vancouver from about November onwards. Well, it seems I spoke too soon! It’s been raining buckets non-stop for most of this week and my back yard has turned into lake-front property

As opposed to what it looked like a few short months ago

 
 
 
So, of course, I’ve been doing lots of indoor-sy things in an effort to stay dry.
 
I finished off the bamboo pillowcase I was working on – I love how it’s turned out
 
 
My son asked me to make these for him, so I will do another one over the weekend and give them to him next week. 
 
I like them so much, I am thinking of painting a duvet cover for myself.
 
As you know, I’ve been reading Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth and in it he mentions “what you resist persists.” This means that if you’re in a situation that you don’t like, if you resist it, as we all do, simply by just having emotions that scream “I hate this!”, the the Universe simply gives us more of what we’re focusing on – more not-so-great experiences. But my dilemma is that how can I love a situation that I clearly don’t love at all? I mean, it’s hard not feel the frustration and anger that comes with being in a not-so-great place. So while I was pondering on this dilemma, I decided to forego the vacuming and watch a movie instead. It was called Another Earth and it was right up there in the lemon category (don’t you just hate that?). However, there was one part in this movie where the girl is telling a man a story that gave me the answer to my dilemma, and it goes like this:

“The first man in space was a Russian Cosmonaught. So he goes up in this big spaceship, but the only habitable part of this spaceship was very small. So the Cosmonaught’s in there and he’s got this portal window and he’s looking out of it and he sees the curvature of the Earth for the first time – the first man to ever look at the planet he’s from, and he’s lost in that moment. All of a sudden this strange ticking sounds starts coming out of the dashboard. The Cosmonaught rips out the control panel, takes out his tools trying to find the sound to stop it. But he can’t find it. He can’t stop it. It keeps going – tick, tick, tick. A few hours of this begins to feel like torture. A few days go by with the sound, and he knows that this small sound will break him. He’ll lose his mind. What’s he going to do? He’s up in space. Alone. In a space closet. He’s got 25 days left to go with this sound. So the Cosmonaught decides that the only way to save his sanity is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them and he doesn’t hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And the spends the remainder of his time sailing through space in total bliss. And peace.”

And that’s when I finally understood what Eckhart Tolle meant when he said “what you resist persists.” I now believe that every experience is not “good” or “bad”, it just IS. And if we fall in love with every experience that we’re having at this moment, we can find peace.

 

May you fall in love with your life and experiences this week.
 
 
 
Jane

 


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