So the UK is having a heat wave.
This means figures in the twenties of Celsius degrees, so fairly mild by world standards. Nonetheless, the UK is not made for sun. It’s made for grey, sleet-y drizzle with the occasional mild sunny day. And before you jump on me with hate mail, boy is it a beauty when the sun shines. When.
So given that these isles are not used to the sun, or ready for it necessarily, it is tough when the heat starts to come in.
And with the news that the country's supplies of food grade carbon dioxide are running low have just made it worse.
You may shrug, however ... CO2 is what puts the fizz in soft drinks and … most importantly … beer.
Beer is being rationed, which is a little concerning. How your football fan can watch the World Cup with the threat of rationed beer hanging over them is anyone's guess. They must be made of sterner stuff than I.
I am sure the UK will survive, but it reminds me that it’s a little funny to me that I have an interest in beer at all.
I don’t drink a great deal - not at all - but something cold after a physical afternoon on the river, kayaking my little heart out, is just what the doctor ordered.
Yet when I was younger and less wise than I am now, I thought it wasn’t “good” to drink. That it just wasn’t a thing spiritual people did. That it somehow created mayhem with your chakras. And perhaps it does, perhaps it does, but I haven’t found that - not at all.
I really thought when I started looking for lasting peace, calm, positivity and focus that certain desires were wrong and to be banished from my person through maximum effort.
Imagine how delighted I was to find that this is not the case. That I could have my cake and eat it too.
That there is nothing wrong with anything, only judgement makes it so. And if anything, your spiritual practice "should" be about acceptance and allowing, not judgement.
Actions have consequences. Certain actions have very strong consequences. If you don’t want those consequences, you have to change your actions.
The easiest and fastest way to transforming your actions, perhaps addictions, isn’t so much suppression and judgement, starts in acceptance and allowance.
That can be the basis for rapid transformation:
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” — Carl Rogers _______
Of course there is much more to it than that, but it’s a great start.
Go well - stay hydrated out there.
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PPS. My father in law is currently begging for rain for his garden. The first decent sun and he wants rain. What is that all about, huh?