12 Days Til Nomadic Lifestyle: Deeper Release

Even a pickup truck is a “small” container for the things I want to keep. Maybe I’m not 100% committed to this Hiking Lifestyle!

That’s true, I admit. And to clarify, I’m calling what I’m creating “nomadic” which means that I can easily move. At this moment, there are still things I want to keep that won’t fit in my backpack!

But I want them “later”. That’s when I’m finished hiking, when I have a small domicile again.

Or, maybe I just like my stuff!

Still, this morning, I hopped up early and picked  through my box of Really Precious Memory Items. I fingered them each one more time, feeling the happy energy arising. I took pictures, scanned, chose a few things to use, then let them go!

If I can let go of the cute t-shirt my son painted when he was three, and the cotton eyelet skirt I made for my wedding, I can let go of ANYTHING!

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Handmade items are the hardest to give away! Here’s an experiment. I’ll take a picture and see if that evokes those joyful feelings.

It’s the feelings I want. The skirt with the embroidery doesn’t fit anymore!

What are the things that challenge your ability to let go?

14 Days’til Nomadic Lifestyle Begins: Urgency

Fifteen days sounds infinitely longer than fourteen! There’s something about saying “just two weeks more” that makes the unfinished list look endless and the unsorted stuff look mountainous!

It’s time to step into “through-hiker” mode! On the trail, that means get up early and walk past dark, stopping for only short breaks.

I’m thinking that for moving, it might mean “get more help”! I think the main help I could use is this
         1. Feed me!
         2. Help me sell things
         3. Help me schedule the tasks

There’s something about having a lot to do that actually slows me down!

Right now, I’ll observe this and know that I WILL get it all done!

The mountain will be climbed one step at a time.

21 Days to Go! Focus

LoonThere’s nothing that energizes me quite like a nice walk in the woods,especially if it’s in the woods on a long-distance trail!  Walking from the Len Foote Hike Inn back to my car at Amicalola Falls Park Visitor’s Center, I danced down the trail, meeting a dozen fresh hikers starting their treks to Maine.

It’s so heartwarming to me to talk with hikers just beginning their long walk, knowing what they may encounter. I tingle inside in surrogate celebration and inner pride, wishing deeply for their success.

At home, by contrast, today, my eyes glaze over with the list of pre-move tasks. My house selling team bounce through the house, bursting with ideas for staging it just right to attract the perfect buyer. I volunteer to do some of the projects – change the light fixtures, paint walls, but it all pools in a quiet mud of overwhelm.  I realize today that the complexity and immensity of this transition has not registered in my brain to be organized and scheduled. Randy, the designer, says, “You have a lot to do! Is this all going to get done?”  I respond, “I think I have not internalized it all yet, maybe you need to poke me awake.”

In three weeks, I’m proposing to be ready for my new life, at least in my house. I need to remind myself to focus. Yes, it’s coming. Time to get organized!

First, offer one of my favorite prints to some possible candidates in Minnesota. They might appreciate the hand-painted lithograph of a north lake icon – the loon.

 

 

Sharing from the Heart Continued

What would I share more of if I’m “COMING FROM THE HEART” without worrying if I’m being judged or if I’ll make money at it? Here are some activities I’ll CHOOSE to share more starting today:

  • Stories about walking the Benton MacKaye Trail
  • Satori Games. Playing has been on sabbatical
  • Walks open to others
  • Thirteen Steps to Radical Forgiveness calls

What’s in my way is worrying that I can’t schedule them while I’m out on the trail because I can’t guarantee connectivity. Well, here’s a possibility:  What if the calls happened anyway even if I weren’t there?!!!!!

Here’s to sharing “carelessly”!

What might YOU share if you weren’t worried about how it turned out?  If you knew you couldn’t fail?

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In joy,

Regina

Benton MacKaye Trail Winter Thru-Hike Slide Show!

Regina, founder of Forgiveness Walks, completed the 300-mile Benton MacKaye Trail during a walk in January, 2013. Follow her journey, photographed by John Lemberg in slides and music.

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The Shepherds’ Play Verse

In my heart, a shepherd
In my head, a king
Before the Child together, they offer what they bring
The heart will fire the head
The head will light the heart
The Spirit Child within will know LOVE’S healing art.

Rudolf Steiner

 

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Ut hoy!   (That’s the shepherds’ greeting from the play!)