Clearing the dead wood

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When we burn away the dross in life the way forward becomes clearer.

The forest near my home has recently been back-burnt. Back-burning is a controlled practice that occurs here in Australia in the cooler months of the year to reduce fuel build up as a preventive measure against serious fires in the summer period. The forest takes on a whole new look when the grasses and weeds and smaller sticks have been burnt away.

As I wandered through the forest on a recent outing I was struck by how easy it was to identify paths where the understory used to be. Where the weeds and grasses and fallen branches had blocked or hidden the way. I realised I was seeing an analogy for life. When we too clear away the rubbish and the dross our path becomes clearer. Our way forward is uncovered. Our path back to our true selves is revealed.

Perhaps, like the forestry department, we too need to take up the practice of controlled burning in our lives so we can liberate ourselves from the damage excess baggage, attachments, negative people, assumptions and beliefs have on us. Regular attention given to burning away the dross would increase our productivity, our flow and our joy in life.

What do you think? Is it time to be mindfully ruthless and ditch the stuff holding you back?

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4 thoughts on “Clearing the dead wood

  1. Oh I think this is a brilliant analogy to life and definitely agree. Often our lives can become filled with negative people and mindless busy work that keeps us from seeing the true path to happiness. I will be thinking about this post for some time. Thank you!

    • Thank you Sue. It is so easy to get entangled in stuff and not realise it. There are so many things we accept that we simply don’t have to. If we take the time to consider what is holding us back and get rid of it we can be adventurous and creative with our lives.
      I am so pleased the post resonated with you.

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