“The ability to overcome obsessive discipline didn’t happen in one day; it took me years. In therapy and in my minimal spiritual practice I learned to tell my superego to back off and leave me alone; I want to enjoy my freedom.”
Superego is not the same as consciousness; the former punishes us and the latter guides us.
“I stopped listening to the overseer inside me who demands compliance and performance with the voice of my grandfather. The race uphill is over; now I stroll calmly in the land of intuition, which has turned out to be the best environment for writing.” —Isabel Allende, The Soul of a Woman
It has been just over a year of experimenting with coconut oil to see how many products could be replaced with just one jar.
A lot of effort goes into reducing the amount of plastic I use because of how long it takes for me to change my own perceptions and behaviors. Generally, I’m a fixed thinker who challenges herself to change. It’s not easy and it takes time.
“Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” —Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 NLT