We are capable of more than we know…

Once again I am finishing my day sitting by the roaring fire in Buxted Park hotel…
José who works here came and sat next to me having discovered my videos on YouTube, He said he has been watching them this afternoon and that they have made him laugh…!

José and I have spoken nothing but Spanish all week. When I arrived I announced – in Spanish – that I was trying to improve and so would speak only in Spanish… And that is what we have done!
He says I am much improved since October – and a week of speaking with José has definitely improved me further…

It is fun learning something new, and as my father always said ‘softly softly catchee monkey…’

I am aware of the need to keep going, but not to put myself under pressure to master it…
because as with everything in life, there isn’t really and truly an end point to mastery..

I have just looked up the definition of mastery which reads thus…
‘Possession or display of great skill or technique’. And of course we will watch another perform an amazing feat in their field and be moved by their mastery…

But I have a sense that mastery of anything is an ongoing process.

I have certainly discovered this to be true in my own life, for I am still learning how to master the art of running… It was joyous today to set off again on my barefoot soles Journey around the grass at Buxted Park…

My sense of mastery at the deepest level is resonant with the limitlessness of us all.

We are all much more than we know or think, and we are limited by thought as much as expanded by it…

But beyond our thought is our greater mind, the silence from which all creativity and thoughts emerge.
And this is limitless…

And so if there is no limit, then there is no need to be frustrated as to our level of mastery, as there is always space to grow and expand and develop ourselves further.

We must simply commit to whatever it is, and keep going, one step at a time.

The three areas of my life where I am practising skills that are taking more time to ‘master’, are running with bare feet, learning Spanish and writing with my left hand!

I decided about three months ago to become more fluent in my left hand and that to do this would mean doing all my writing this way.
And so I have…. And it is gradually improving and showing me how all we must do is keep practising…

The key is to let go of a self concept of what we can or cannot do…
As children we ‘mastered’ all sorts of difficult tasks like walking and talking!
And it is the negative self concepts that we internalised as children that need clearing …

For we are capable of so much more than we know…

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