Getting Sh*t Done (May 2017)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Chop Wood from The Wisdom of the Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid

After reviewing April's monthly oracle card (here), it turned out to be a pretty much spot on, so I've also been revisiting the card I pulled for May. 'Chop Wood' is about being grounded in everyday experience and humility. The image shows two doors which have opened inwards. Outside there is a golden sky and bright beams of light are radiating down onto a broom. The broom stands upright of its own accord, and attached to the handle there is a long pink ribbon with a star at the end. Light and more stars stream in from outside and there are other cleaning tools inside the doorway - a couple of pails and and some other things that aren't quite so clear. There also appears to be a stock of small logs or kindling in a basket to the left. 

In the guidebook, Colette Baron-Reid says:
When you engage in everyday tasks in a meditative, contemplative way, you clear your energy to receive your "Aha!" moments, which brings you ever closer to what you seek. 
Whenever this card comes up, I think of the Zen proverb which says - "before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water." Not that I claim to be 'enlightened' but this does resonate with me. Over the last few months my attention and energy has certainly been directed away from mundane everyday tasks. Instead I've been busy learning, questioning, journaling, and generally following the call to work on myself rather than all the external "stuff". Obviously, this can't go on indefinitely to the detriment of certain things that need to get done.

So I've re-organised my planner*, made lots of lists, and towards the end of last week I finally got to work on the numerous things I've been putting off. I wouldn't go as far as to say I've enjoyed it, but there is a sense of satisfaction each time I tick another thing off the list and today I feel I've earned a cup of tea and a flick through a newly arrived book. Of course the challenge is going to be to keep it up. Wish me luck!

*Talking of planners, did you see the post from Gretchen at Willows East about making a tarot planner from any diary or journal? I've just started using the symbols chart in my diary, to keep a log of my daily card. Love it!

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