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      This is the 3rd of my ‘Letters from Satya’ – if you’d like to receive one every week you can sign up here.


      Hello petal.

      Yesterday Kaspa & I set off to the river for our sabbath, which we always take on a Monday. It’s been a long week full of people, tasks & complications, as our weeks often are.

      We found a spot by the river where we could read our books, even though it wasn’t perfect, and then we started seeking lunch.

      It was our precious day off, and I wanted the perfect lunch. We were in a not-very-vegan-friendly town, and I am a fussy diner (I prefer to use the word connoisseur). We walked up and down, getting hungrier.

      I have noticed that I often start getting into trouble when I seek the perfect lunch, or the perfect anything. It mostly happens when I am trying to comfort myself, or avoid feeling something – “I’ll be okay if…”.

      It also has the unfortunate effect of narrowing my vision to such an extent that I start missing all sorts of opportunities, gifts and beautiful things.

      We eventually settled on chips, and a roll from a bakery. My roll was stale, and so I gave most of it to the eager ducks and pigeons. The chips were fresh, crisp, salty & delicious. A simple lunch. Perfect.

      Later that evening I was angry, then sad, and then slowly the clouds passed. I walked in the garden, and the universe gifted me this glorious pink-orange rose. How can we say yes to it all?

      Things you might be curious about

      * Can you remember a time when you wanted the perfect something? How did it work out for you?
      * In what areas of your life are you more likely to seek perfection?
      * Why might you be seeking perfection? What might you be covering up or avoiding?
      * How would it be to accept everything the universe offers you?

      Wholeness does not mean perfection – it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. ~ Parker J Palmer

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