There's so much blogging buzz about choosing a word for the year I hesitate to post mine for fear you will groan and throw your coffee cup across the room! However, while I'm not a traditionalist, I do choose a word every year and this year it is Practice. It seems fitting to try a new way of applying my word. After all, practice isn't about being perfect, it is about learning and for me, about finding my rhythm.
And this year is different because I invite you to join me.
See what you think. . .
Last week I put time into understanding why I wasn't particularly focused in 2013 and how my creativity was affected by the world around me and not in an inspiring way. I realized the main reason I don't make time to create is because not only do I not have a creative practice, I don't have a practice for anything.
If I developed some basic self-care practices, I'd have more time to create and even better, I'd have the energy to do instead of just plan.
This year, I'm going to put some time into developing various practices....yoga, eating, breathing, meditation, spiritual, housekeeping, writing and business. These are things I say I want to to do and yet I don't prioritize as if I mean it.
This year will be different.
I am not making hard and fast rules, there are no rewards or penalties. I am practicing developing Practices. There is a learning curve and I'm going to be gentle on myself if I miss a few days of meditation or eat some crappy food. I'm taking it one day at a time.
Lately I've been experimenting with watercolors (see above) and while I love playing with color, I recognize that to get what is in my imagination on to the paper, I need to learn some basic techniques. I'm not a master right out of the gate and I didn't expect to be. I'm willing to make some not so hot attempts in my sketchbook without giving up. So why the leeway with watercolors and not yoga? Or meditation? Or getting enough greens? Seriously, doing a back bend is as hard for me as painting a perfect heart at this point, so why not approach all of these things with the expectation that learning is part of the process...in fact, learning is the process!
It occurred to me that like with watercolors, I have to practice my Practice.
Whew, what a burden lifted. I don't have to be perfect and I don't have to even want to shoot for perfection. All I'm committing to is practice.
There is no recital in two months, no Olympics in the spring. Why treat this learning experience as if there's a date on my calender when I'll need to prove I've been applying myself. I don't need the pressure.
I'd like for you to ponder your own practices and invite you to explore the approach I'm taking and see how it feels to you.
If you feel like sharing, all the better. I can't express in words how I love hearing from you.
Now, in other news. I'm making some changes to the way I blog and I'm hoping the end result is more frequent posts! I'm also introducing some regular features.
Every Monday, I'll share a word and some thoughts along with the invitation to join me in applying the word to your week. No pressure, it's just an invitation...no R.S.V.P. required.
And I'm truly excited about starting Tarot Card Tuesdays! Each week I will pull a card and share with you my understanding of the card and we'll examine the symbols. I believe most people who read cards use them as tools added to a channel of divine information. However, it is important to understand the basic meanings of card symbols because they often trigger something in the reader's intuition and can help a reader put into words what she is feeling intuitively. Fun, yes?
And this leads me to my latest shop offering. I feel so ready for this and don't let the one card fool you...my one card readings are thorough and detailed.
I wish I could show you...
when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.