The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. M. Scott Peck
It’s been twelve days.
For years now I’ve begun my day with Julia Cameron‘s morning pages. However, lately I was wanting something more. A reflection of the day, a closure of some kind. I tried something I called “evening pages” once, but didn’t stay with the idea for long.
Try something simpler.
So I make a list before going to bed of the positive feelings I remember from the day. The first week of this list-making I name people I am with (my brother, my Friday happy hour friends) or things I do on my own (try a new recipe, plan a lesson.) But soon I am repeating myself.
I get more specific. Rather than just listing “my brother” I tell of the aha moment we shared at our Sunday morning breakfast. Instead of entering “cleaned the kitchen drawer,” I note the memories certain things in the drawer trigger.
This week I write “X and I share big scary dreams for our futures” and ” let go of a conundrum with Y by voicing it with another.” I’m making deeper connections.
I just returned from a classroom observation in a school 45 minutes away. There were at least a dozen worthy notations for tonight’s list.
This new growth is becoming a joyful one.