It's time to look again at what I have stashed away... files, paintings, art supplies, notebooks, books, papers, crafts, etc... I worked on the garage, files, magazines, upstairs closets, clothes, the desk drawers and now it's time to tackle head on the toughest clearing, the one that has taken me over a decade to be ready for---- the art portfolio. College was a very significant time in my life, where I was on my own for the first time and I began to express myself as I never had. I got to draw, paint, print, explore with materials, find images that spoke to me, and I navigated with some guidance, but very much intuitively, with lots to give to my process. It was so therapeutic to learn about how the arts and self-expression flowed out of me and was revealing, sometimes scary, but ultimately soothing to my soul. Emotional attachments are the ones left last, so that the others can help clear the way to the ones that hold deeper sensitivities. I will report back on how it goes. Wish me luck! What is your place of material things with locked in emotions that haven't been touched in years or decades? Are you ready to take this step with me? Please share your experiences!
I was used to turning on Spotify, Pandora, Podcasts, Youtube videos, FB stuff, Hay house radio to keep me company while I cooked, cleaned, did my bills or even studied. Some of the time I listened and enjoyed the music or information but it became a vacant habit that filled the space and clogged up my mind, and it also started to become background noise. In the last 3 weeks I have started a practice of having quiet around me. It just happened one day that I stopped automatically turning something on. I stopped. I have my own thoughts and ideas! It's time to pay attention to those! This practice of silence around me, helps me to focus more clearly on the task at hand and allows more of my own mind space, so that there is room for my mind to expand, breathe, open, and daydream again. It leaves my mind feeling clear and clean. It's nice to hear the birds chirping and outside, while I enjoy the silence inside.
Doing something quiet, doing something that gets you centered is a sacred practice. There are many distractions at our fingertips. If only you could focus on one thing today, what would it be? Make a list of things you'd like to focus on, in the next two weeks, but limit it to 2-3 things per week. The attention given to these things creates a timeless experience because your focus gets greater when you simplify and give yourself the permission to slow down and rest your attention on one thing at a time. It's like a gift, that unfolds slowly, attention given is energy received.
Do you ever plan to do something nice for yourself, but get too tired, forget about it or keep putting it off? Why should you put yourself last? You have this vehicle, your body, for a lifetime. When you've reached a certain age, you realize that time moves much more quickly than when you were a child. Take the time to notice things around you on your walk: watch a bird, tune into the river, breathe in a little deeper, look in the mirror a little longer, but see yourself, really see yourself. You are worth 5 minutes today. You are worth even more than that! But what do you want to give yourself today that you've been missing out on? Can you take 5 minutes to just sit and stare at the tree or clouds or to journal or breathe?
Is there one thing you want to change? One small thing? Identify it. Are there many things that come to mind? Make a list of a few things or until you run out of things to mention.
I challenge you to start today. Pick one thing from your list and Start right now!
If you so feel the call, share in the comments to let me know what you are changing.
I am starting this blog because I want to share what I'm passionate about. I want to give voice to the things I believe in and do! I have many things on my list, but I will start here, by blogging. I am starting today. How about you! Will you join me?
Changing, one thing at a time.