Being Thankful

| 12/14/2017 4:23:00 PM

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The crew at Farmstead wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!  Steve, Ann, Kara, and Laura. 

It’s easy, as human beings, to focus on what you don’t have, what you want, what you miss.  These hungry thoughts can become consuming, festering, distracting.  They can also make your life feel small and lacking.

In a consumer culture age, the mantra of wanting more, more, more, bigger, and better is everywhere.  I don’t have time for watching TV, but I catch snippets of it while hosting the farmer market at North Lakes Community Clinic on first and third Thursdays of the month.  The advertisements are relentless in their message of what you have or how you are is not good enough, and you need THIS product or THAT solution.  They drive it home with the message that you DESERVE it!

“Not Enough” can become an underlying mantra, as noted by Mark Coleman in his book Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Your Inner Critic.  Coleman’s book has been an important auxiliary source in our “Artist’s Way” workshop series. 

The mantra of “not enough” can express externally, with wanting a bigger house, a better boat, more things of all sorts, or it can turn inwardly with shaming the body as not slim enough, not strong enough, not fit enough, not cute enough.  This can become a toxic spiral that can never be fully achieved, a thirst that can never be quenched. But Coleman offers an antidote to this unhappy social situation:

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