Why 'Chopping Wood' Is Good For You


Do you ever get that feeling that you're trying too hard, followed by the horrifying thought that you're not doing enough to get what you want? Like you're battling a constant push-pull, trying to create the perfect recipe, or strike the perfect balance that will allow what you are willing into your life?

Stop it. 

Go chop wood. You can take that literally or figuratively. It's really up to you. 

Listen, I'm with you too. Pretty much every hour on the hour I play this game with myself. Am I doing enough to make it happen? Am I blocked off to receive what I desire? Are my intentions clear enough? Do I want it bad enough? Am I taking the cues from the Universe? Blah blah blah and yadda yadda yadda.

The Oracle has a wonderful message for this and perhaps you need to hear it:

There are times when the big dream is meant to lie dormant in your consciousness so that you can pay attention to the simple chores in your life. Consider why pruning a tree is the forerunner of delighting in the beautiful blooms when it is in full blossom. The mundane act of pulling off dead leaves, watering the soil, and then leaving it to be to let nature take its course is an important step in manifestation. Taking your attention away from your goal brings you into a state of receptivity. This is the deeper purpose for releasing attachment. When you engage in everyday tasks in a meditative, contemplative way, you clear your energy to receive your "Aha!" moments, which brings you even closer to what you seek.

So, what have we learned?

This week, focus on those mundane tasks. Take delight in their monotony. And place your attention away from your intentions and towards something totally unrelated. Perhaps in doing less, you will receive much more than what you hoped for.