: Wandering :Posted: May 4, 2015 | Author: CultFit | Filed under: Kindness, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga | Tags: Activism, blogging, Citizens' Academy for Omaha's Future, community, Herman Hesse, kindness, meditation, Mindfulness, Omaha, passion, Seva For the Heartland, social media, yoga |7 Comments
I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as they like-
Lately I have been “obsessing” over a few Active Transportation problems (mostly cycling related) in, and around Omaha, Nebraska. Not gigantic, earth shattering problems, but a source of ongoing irritation and minor frustration to me personally. At any rate, and given that May is National Bike Month … Our local Active Transportation quandary has woven itself into the deepest folds of my mind, and I find myself spending a fair amount of time thinking about them, and how we as a community spend so much time and energy trying to change tedious little things. Such as “improved” bike routes, road markings and better street design, for very personal reasons.
I spent my morning ride to the market yesterday thinking about why we want to create change, while auto-piloting through a series of hills, defaulting to these thoughts during random periods of the early morning ride to keep my mind curious.
Stewing on “things” that irritate me or that fall into a “problem” category generally serves a purpose. Normally issues slide right off my back or float away little puffy little clouds dancing across the sky. In this case, I stumbled across my “aha” moment while riding back home yesterday afternoon. In fact, the solution was so embarrassingly obvious that I had to stop riding for a moment to say aloud: “I’m amazed I didn’t realize this before.”
When our minds our locked in with tunnel vision, trying to brainstorm solutions to problems that generally do not exist. They don’t have full access to the power, curiosity and creativity we consciously choose to shut off, lamenting and obsessing. Organizing community advocacy groups and whatnot.
My little “moment” yesterday was just that – little and insignificant to the community at large. Although, obsessing about life’s mundane problems is not as fun as obsessing about our true passion(s) in life, or the selection of artisanal cheeses at the market (Top Tip – If you want to ride faster? Buy something cold and sprint home before it spoils.)
Sometimes we have to allow a problem to slide to the top of our priority list, let it stew for a bit, and trust that the answer will bubble up when we least expect it.
My solution if you are curious? :Seva: For the Heartland
That is a great word for today! Have a good week!
… I hope you do the very same – Take care and be well 🙂
I love the drawing and that Hermann Hesse quote.
A close friends Son, took a fair amount of time to draw this picture for me while attending his first semester at the University of Winnipeg. I think he did a tremendous job and I’m happy to hear you like it as well 🙂
Personally, Herman Hesse is a true favorite of mine. Its as though the way he writes resonates with me on a deep and profound level. Happy Monday to you, take care and be well!
did you set up that Seva site?
it’s awesome, so inspiring!
i wish i lived in omaha!
Meanwhile, I hope you gets lot of people to sign up….what a great idea.
Maybe canvas yoga studios with flyers, etc?
Good luck, keep us posted!
Humbly – Yes … After attending this Citizens Academy “thing” recently, it really helped me to define what I want to do in our community: Give back through compassion and kindness :Seva:
I’m always open to fresh ideas and help, if you would like to email me any ideas you may have? I would genuinely love that!
I’m no sure i’d have any ideas for you, not knowing your community (altho I have been to Omaha!). The Charter for Compassion is an interesting group to look into….it establishes compassionate cities and has resources, maybe check that out? Good luck and rep writing about it!