Everyday Zen

“Know that you are OK exactly the way that you are right now. There is nothing that you need to do. You are perfect exactly the way you are. The changes that you want to make in your life, there is a time and a place for them. And that time might be now. But being kind and gentle with yourself is a way to get things going faster. A lot of people try to use force. They try to manipulate themselves in to action. And actually the wisest thing that you can do is to be kind and gentle with yourself.”

Inspiring words from Jennifer Hoffman – today’s speaker at The World’s Biggest Summit speaking on the wonderful topic of cluttered perfection.

Just what I needed to hear. And perhaps you do too?

Today I weathered a tropical storm Merrily, and kept my calm inside and out, whilst trying to make scones for my in-laws imminent visit. And as my dear husband and I were scampering round trying to make our house look slightly less pit-like, I realised, all this stuff that I am clearing, I am actually grateful for. Our filthy table is littered with the crumbs of shared home-cooked food, with scraps of creativity from felting and clay and pencil sharpenings and bits of Lego and pieces from games we have played. I give thanks for these three children who I bemoan so often. For our home and all of us that make it a mess. It is full of us. Full of life and love. And for that I am very grateful.