A Course in Miracles teaches that separation of any kind is an illusion. It says that, in truth, we are One with our Source and each other. This feels absolutely true in my heart. However, here in the world of form where we experience duality, there are certain situations where separation can actually be helpful. These days, the most obvious example is avoiding large gatherings and staying home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. As challenging as this can be, for now, it’s still the best way to keep more people from getting sick.
While stuck at home, many people are taking on big projects. Separating them into smaller parts can help make large tasks feel more manageable. Where do you start when cleaning out your basement or garage? There’s so much stuff! Give yourself a goal to organize one shelf or go through one box per day. If you feel like doing more once you get started, great! Knowing that you only have to complete one shelf or box makes it easier to get started. With persistence and commitment, after a few days (or weeks) that space will be clutter free!
Maybe you’ve decided to finally write that book. Sitting down at a computer to write an entire book seems like a daunting task. So daunting that it may keep you from ever starting. Creating an outline is a great way to break it down into smaller parts. Once you have more clarity about what will be in each chapter, pick one and write one story, one scene, or share one concept to illustrate your point. Do this twenty to thirty times and your book is written!
Earlier this year before things started shutting down, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places on Earth, Serenity Farm in Virginia. During that visit, my dear friend and hostess Gail, asked her groundskeeper to place some fencing around her garden. Something magical and unexpected happened once the wooden barrier was in place. Now that it was clearly delineated from the rest of the property, Gail found herself working in the garden more often and loving it! The visual separation helped tending the garden feel more manageable now that her eyes could see where the garden stopped.
Is there is a large task or project looming over you that feels intimidating? Perhaps it’s time to separate it into smaller chunks and work on one piece at a time. Completing each small part will be a satisfying step toward finishing the entire project. If I can be of assistance with a series of Life Coaching sessions, please look around my website or send me an email for more information.
Until next time, remember these comical yet wise words from respected human rights activist, author, and Nobel Prize winner, Desmond Tutu:
“There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.”