Volunteering at Jardín Colibrí

Mon 27th Jan 2014
Living to Be Happy 

Today I start being a buddha and taking action! I am off to Jardín Colibrí which is a small, family run farm in El Santuario, Guasca, Cundinamarca which is 1 hour from Bogota and close to Guatavita.

I'm going to volunteer there, helping out for a week until the end of the month.

I am asking for a free place to camp and food in exchange for helping out with any jobs at the farm, and I think this is a nice way to give charitably because the family at the farm are giving back charitably in exchange, and without the need to pass over money which would take the giving of your Self part away. Spirituality teaches that one of the best ways to reconnect to your Higher Self is through charity.

The farm is in the middle of the countryside and has lots of opportunities for hiking in nature so the environment sounds perfect. To find the place I now need to take a bus to some spot in the middle of nowhere and walk/cycle for an hour or so with the map I printed.

I am also taking my foldable bike and all my camping gear to the farm. I have never done anything like this before, so I am going out of my comfort zone, which is also an act of spirituality; for it is said that when you go out of your comfort zone and do something that you are a bit afraid of doing, the biggest personal growth takes place.

And I am a bit afraid at the moment of what I am generally undertaking with this blog-site anyway, so my stomach is letting me know that I am a bit stressed - but that is just nerves. Your body doesn't like it when you do things out of your ordinary pattern because your brain has learnt from your previous behaviour what is normal for you. It is a way for you to keep yourself safe; like learning not to put your hand in the fire. But sometimes what we have learnt is not always the best for us, so I logically know that what I am about to do will be very good for me and I have nothing to worry about, but it doesn't stop your body's defence mechanisms kicking in :p Once I'm at the farm I will be fine.

The farmily also serve, as much as possible, organic food directly from the farm. That is healthy eating! And there is not much you can do better for the Self than putting good food into your body.

Except stop smoking. There is really no way to justify smoking cigarettes. There is nothing nutritional or healthy at all about them. Yes, I know, I have tried to stop smoking many times before, but I never committed to fully living the path of dharma before! So today I also quit smoking. I will call that my 'share the love action of the week'. I don't know if that will become a regular thing or not. I just made it up :-D

But that is enough commitment to behavioural change for one day I think. Wish me luck because I am crapping myself! 

Be inspired ♥

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