Writing a new chapter in my life

Just finished 6 weeks of cleansing and flushing my body of parasites and toxins and nasty old stuff that needs to go.

Now it feels ripe to do the same for my worldly goods.

I’m downsizing. Selling my East Austin house where I’ve lived for the past 10 years, making some big changes.

I’m hoping to buy a used vintage trailer in good shape and wanting to find a nice place to put it — on someone’s big lot or country acreage not too far out.

The trailer parks on Barton Springs Road would also be a good location, if I can get in there.

Or perhaps I’ll rent a trailer first and see how I like it.

Releasing, shedding, letting go, removing, reducing, downsizing, lightening up… I have too much stuff. I’m so ready for clean, spare, minimal. I could have so much more free time to do things I love.

So much to do… Prune the branch that hangs too low in front of the house, obscuring the view. Clear the entry path. Clean the house and make it ready for prospective buyers. Take stuff to Habitat and Goodwill and Half Price Books. Sell stuff on Craigslist. Maybe even sell the house on Craigslist!

I’m feeling my way through this, flying by the seat of my pants. Wanting to find a good neighbor for Bruce, someone who will honor the house and remodel, not tear it down and build ugly.

This house has been good to me, and it’s time to move on. I’m preparing for finishing my work at my current job sometime mid-2011. I’ve committed to stay through the session. Hopefully the last day of May will be my last day there.

And… I’ve been accepted into AOMA (acupuncture school). I deferred my entrance until next July, so I can do all this stuff at a pace I can handle.

I’m not 100% sure it’s right for me, but it sure feels like I’m moving in the right direction, and nothing else I’ve found resonates so much with me. Oriental medicine feels right, and it’s daunting. Three and a half years of eastern and western medicine is pretty intense, and it’s been years since I’ve been in school. But how fascinating, exotic, and practical. It will definitely keep my left and right brain hemispheres working!

In many ways, these changes are a side effect of meditation. Questions arise: How am I not living my right life? What is my right life? What do I love to do so much that I would do it for free (and making a living at it is icing on the cake)?

Words, images, dreams, realizations arise. The answers I’ve found so far are: doing/teaching/learning yoga, learning about the subtle body’s energies, learning to think like a Daoist, helping others and myself on the path toward health and enlightenment, being of joyous service. And writing.

I hope you’ll wish me good luck and lend me your support.

5 thoughts on “Writing a new chapter in my life

  1. Mary Ann Reynolds, I am going to have to add you to my list of true heroes……..
    We need to hang out someday.
    And I can’t tell you how many times I have warned people about the side effects of meditation, or just of getting real with what is……

  2. Regular readers may have picked up on hints several months ago about big changes coming in my life. I didn’t feel comfortable going public until some groundwork was laid in certain key relationships. Anyway, these are the big changes I was hinting about! And…looking back, this process actually began (in my conscious mind) in February, only ONE MONTH after I began my commitment to meditate for 30 minutes every day!

  3. You are very brave. I would love to make changes in my life as well. My house and my rent house own me. I don’t make enough money at Public Storage to support myself. I hate my husband. I’m glad you are more together than I am. I’m happy for you.

    • MJ, I decided not the base the decision on money but rather on my happiness. I’ve wasted a lot of time in fear of making a bad financial decision. Make more, spend less, but do what you love, because you can’t get time back, you can only slow it down by being fascinated. YOU own you. If you believed that, what would you do?

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