Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. Parker Palmer
I have been listening…trying one idea after another.
Yes you have.
But other people seem so certain about themselves.
Haven’t you felt that way before?
Yeah, then life steps in and mixes things up, leaving me with doubts and a shaky foundation. Then I wonder if I’m really who I think or say I am.
Who are you today?
A bunch of questions and ideas. Listen…I have this idea…I could write the Palmer quote in a little notebook and go about my day. A gardening seminar, lunch with a friend, some reading, a trip to the grocery store…and those words would be right there, like a foundation for the day. Pretty much what I do with this blog. But then tonight before I go to bed I’d do a timed writing going back to the quote as my topic to see what happened.
You know when I say these things out loud, they really sound silly.
Silly? It sounds to me like something you want to try. Go ahead and do it. Let me know how it goes.
The name of Natalie Goldberg‘s writing workshops. I’ve participated in two of these powerful retreats and I continue the practice of walking meditation and writing meditation. Sitting for me is harder.
I’m not sure. I just don’t make time for it.
But you make time for the walking and writing. What’s the difference?
Fear, perhaps? I write and discover new insights; I walk and solve conundrums. But for some reason I resist sitting still. Maybe it’s about my expectations.
So why are we talking about it?
Because I’m ready to push through the resistance? Because I want to feel something beyond the busy-ness of the world around me?
That makes sense.
I’m signing off now…I’m going need to go sit.
We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young — not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age — and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words. ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
The beginning of Lent…How will I honor this unfolding of Spring and new beginnings?
I’ll start with a quote…or five.
The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt
Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear. Rumi
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. Seuss
Earth, ourselves, breathe and awaken, leaves are stirring, all things moving, new day coming, life renewing. Pawnee Prayer