Oregon is well known for it’s magnificent blueberries and I certainly take advantage of that during picking season – which is right now! Just the thought of those luscious berries with all of their sweet taste and antioxidant elixir brings me into pure pleasure. As the scarcity “default” is slowly ebbing it’s way from my thinking I notice even more acutely when it shows up, which is a good thing as I get to choose how I want to think and believe in the moment. Feeling pretty “on top of things” this past week I realized today that I was taken in by the culture’s “scarcity “and “fear of not enough” models without even realizing it. That scarcity template is really embedded in our culture, and I couldn’t have resonated with it if it wasn’t in me too!
This last week we have had some blazing hot days and I was hearing from here and there that it was taking a toll on the blueberries and that soon there wouldn’t be any to pick. Even as recent as yesterday a blueberry grower at the local farmer’s market said that this was the last of her berries and that there would be no more picking on her farm.
Well, I had put off picking every weekend as something else would come up and the month of August has certainly flown and with it the blueberry season. I noticed a slight panic inside that I wouldn’t get to pick any this year because “they would all be gone!” I needed to get out there right away! Many voices around me were saying the same sort of thing buying in to what had been passed down to them. No wonder we go running about in fear that we won’t have enough – or maybe none at all!
As I called my favorite picking place this morning my question was “are there any more to pick?”. I had bought in! The kind woman’s voice on the other side said that there were plenty to pick and that there would be for at least another couple of weeks, maybe even three. I hung up the phone and said to myself “abundance vs scarcity, now which one do I chose to live in? A good question and one well worth posing every single day.
Arriving at the blueberry farm this morning I waited to be assigned to my rows to pick. I was to pick between rows 26 and 27 about midway down as their professional pickers had stopped before the middle. I then found myself in blueberry heaven, literally! They were everywhere hanging in huge dark blue/purple clumps just waiting for me to gently remove them from their stems into my waiting buckets. The sun shone through big puffy clouds and the weather seemed just perfect for picking. Definitely a breathing space!
Someone in the next row said to their picking partner, “I bet we could come back down this row many times and still find more to pick”. It was after that comment that from time to time I would turn back and look at where I had picked just moments ago. It was almost as if I hadn’t even picked there as my eyes would light upon an abundance of berries that I either missed because I was not fully taking in all of the abundance right in front of me, choosing instead to look down the aisle for the next bunch…. or that better yet the blueberry fairies were placing berries back on the limbs faster than I could pick. I kind of like the idea of the fairies myself…but know that it was most definitely the former reason!
The belief in scarcity/lack communicates to our bodies and many things can and will happen over time. Our breath most certainly will become shallow and tight, our muscles contracted, as we grasp for more and more and more – never able to “fill up”. Taking a very large and deep breath I realized that when we believe, feel and think in abundant ways – that will be our experience. When we believe, feel and think in scarcity/lack modes – that will be our experience. The wise blueberry bush had taught me a deep lesson for the day – more is here NOW, in this very moment. What would our lives be like, the health of the planet and all life on it if we perceived everything as abundant with more than enough to have and share for the well being of all living things? Live in that question – and try on the blueberry metaphor.
Blue handed and caught in joy…
Blueberry Breathing Space: For my favorite local Oregon blueberry picking go to Facebook and look up Radke Blueberries in Corvallis!
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“Creative living does not mean only the creative life of the artist. To make art is wondrous, enriching, and indispensable. But it is just as essential to enjoy the freedom to live creatively whatever we may be doing, whether it’s slicing carrots, cutting flowers, trading bonds, baking bread, taking a walk, drawing a breath, riding a bus – or writing poems, symphonies, or novels. The portrait of the artist is really about the creative spark that exists in each of us, young, old, and in between, that is enlivened by solitude. When that spark is ignited, our lives feel rich and meaningful; when it stays buried, we go about the business of living ready-made, compliant, rule-dominated lives, wondering what went wrong and how to change it. “ –Florence Falk from On My Own
I am certain that Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way would agree with that statement as she affirms that creativity is everyone’s birthright and I say is medicine as essential and health giving as the breath. Art teaches us to express how we feel – as the breath teaches us how to live fully embodied lives.
We come already equipped at birth to live full and vibrant lives. Of course not all of us are born into circumstances that promote that way of living, and some of us come in with early, or acquired later on in life, health challenges that we assume affects our ability to live creatively or breathe fully. The challenge here is for each of us to see and feel what may be in our way of uncovering the full creative expression – and breath! – that we were born with (even if we feel “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “I have a health challenge that prevents me from fully breathing/living.”) Did you know that the Balinese don’t even have a word for art in their language because everything is creative!
Get curious! Give yourself some solitude to explore. Perhaps uncover – or honor – a passion – and watch what happens to the breath as you savor the experience and entertain the possibilities that seem to birth themselves out of nowhere.
Compliant or Creative?? You choose….
Here are some suggestions from most challenging to easy:
*Quit your present job (that you cannot possibly fully express YOU in) and bring your passion to life! For this one please go to www.infinitevisionart.com for inspiration!!!!!!….and watch this video:
*Go on an Artist Date weekly by yourself and spend one hour exploring a place/art/music/etc that inspires you.
*De-clutter your living spaces and find your creative energy coming back that was lost in the mess.
*Take a Gratitude Walk (more on this in future posts) and put your attention on what you are grateful for – including the surroundings you are walking through.
*Eat a meal mindfully and slowly paying attention to the colors, textures, tastes and smells.
*Send a friend, family member (or even stranger) a card that you have created.
*Be still and breathe in this moment….
So…the experiment. Today I visited my absolute favorite local nursery, Home Grown Gardens, in Corvallis, Oregon. My love for “growing things” sends me into realms of delight, so it was here that I experimented with staying aware of the quality of my breath, the thoughts and feelings that passed through, and the sensations in my body – exploring this world of live, growing, sense stimulating plants, flowers, trees, art pieces, and a few people scattered here and there.
What happens when we are in environments that delight us? We become more alive and vibrant, our bodies relax, we see more clearly, creativity often opens, the corners of our mouths turn up, and yes – our breath opens and expands.
The hour that I spent at Home Grown Gardens was like a massage of the creative soul. I delighted in just walking the paths of the gardens, passing from one mini-environment to another, interacting with the owner Jeff who classifies himself as “just the plant man”, meeting Carrie – artistic plant/flower nurturer & placement specialist (and nursing student on break), taking pictures of whatever delighted me, and purchasing a deep reddish/purple pot for a home plant that needed more “room to breath” and a delicious chocolate-mint geranium (YES! it does smell like that).
NOW, make a list of what delights you. You might be surprised at the things that appear on your list! Then take one and do it this week. Breathe with Delight….
Launch Day of Breathing Spaces! …and my very first post!! I have just finished a 49-day Up Level Your Life daily coaching program with Christine Kane and am celebrating by inviting each of you to join me in exploring Breathing Spaces – a place to explore inner and outer resources, practices, and global wisdom for enhancing and expanding your breath, creativity,and awareness – The mantra here is “More Breath, More Life“!… creating more breathing space to thrive in!
In the coming days and months look for posts that reach into the worlds of science, spirit, senses, heart, indigenous wisdom, ancient practices, humor, art/creativity, the extraordinary and ordinary, nature, global thought, sacred geometry….and more! What this site IS NOT –
….just another information site….a self-improvement site….a purely entertainment site
WHAT THIS SITE IS –
…Inspiring…thought provoking…encouragement to creativity…stimulant to curiosity…motivational…..mind bending – at times….and most assuredly A COMMUNITY FORUM! My intention is to write pieces that activate and captivate you to take a deep breath, and remind you of who you are within these ease filled breathing spaces.
Consider this an invitation to play in the Breathing Spaces on this blog…and to share YOU with us.
Gaye Abbott, A Breath Inspired Writer