Is it too early to bring out the fairy lights? Generally, I do it in November when the clocks change, but this year I couldn’t resist, it’s already so dark and I need their warmth early mornings while journaling. Another act of kindness towards myself.
I’m reading The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book had been for months on my bedside table, but I was a little hesitant to start it. I do believe that the book finds you, not another way around! I knew I’d start it at the right time. Well, I did, and now I’m almost at the end. Not to be a spoiler, but the four agreements are:
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best
The author goes deeper into each of these agreements and at the same time in a concise way, it’s like we are having a cuppa and he is an old friend.
“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.”
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
I have concluded I need to reset! I need to end a few things that aren’t working for me anymore, and to start others that are in limbo waiting for an opportunity to show up.
“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward”
Have you read this book? If so, I’d like to hear about it. Have a great week!
I love the sunlight in my studio early mornings. Both my kitchen and the studio face east. It’s a blessing to have the sunshine in these rooms in the morning, because if I’m at home for sure I’ll be in one of them. Everything looks/feels better with natural light, including our mood.
March is here, still cold and snow on the ground, but the expectation of spring brings joy. It’s like counting down to see the first sprouts breaking through the soil and smiling at us.
The rivers are still frozen, the earth is waiting to explode in color, but for now, the best is to be indoors. I’ve being writing, not as much as I would like, but bits and pieces here and there.
And reading, I’ve joined the GoodReads challenge, and I’m up to read 25 books this year. I’m already in my 3rd one, and I have this pile to read in March.
All of them from women authors about women trying to find her space in this world. Women with different backgrounds (from a math teacher to one that never attended a school), and different decades, but so similar in so many ways. I’ve started the ‘Where the crawdads sing’ and I’m loving it.
Happy December! A new month, new pages and new challenge to me.
Morning pages and this book “Women who run with the wolves” had been part of my morning routine for many years until recently when I let go of my time of reflection and things started to fall apart in my mind.
I’ve decided to take more seriously my well being in this last month of the year and I’m challenging myself to write as much as I can every morning and use this book to guided me as a prompt. It has many pink passages that I’ve selected over the years. If you don’t know yet, I use a pink highlighter to mark the sentences that speak out to me. Today I opened the book and this little pink got my eyes:
“We need to only look into and learn from those soulful eyes that are wild and wise and lovely.”
Isn’t it perfect for my moment? And as a side note: my cup of coffee/tea as well a candle are a must during my morning time.
I’ll try to post my progress here, as much as I can to keep up with my ‘noticing’ moments too. I started so long ago, here, but I let go of it too, only showing up a bit here and there.
Wishing a wonderful month to you, full of creativity and ‘me time’!
Hello, I’ve just noticed that today is the last Sunday of November! Soon, Christmas and New Year will be knocking on the door.
I love December, all the beautiful lights, decorations, people getting together, all the merry and merry. But I don’t enjoy the business that comes with December: finishing projects, buying gifts, planning meals, parties… I try to focus on simplicity and minimalism, but it’s almost impossible.
One way to keep my mind centred is to write every morning, put on the paper my ideas and focus for the day.
And you? How do you keep your focus on the busiest month of the year?
Today’s the theme is Fresh, well, so many things fresh things around me this morning:
The fresh flowers I’ve on my kitchen counter, fresh eggs, from the farm market, that I scrambled for my husband, fresh laundry waiting to be ironed, a new book on my coffee table …, but today I want to show the freshness of a habit, my journaling practice. I hope I have captured it below:
Let us live simply in the freshness of the present moment, in the clarity of pure awakened mind.
The freshness of a new morning Coffee fragance diffusing through the kitchen Blank pages waiting Waiting for words And thoughts To surrender to the moment
writing and writing, trying to lay down words on the pages of my journal to understand what is going on in my mind. somedays this process is easy, others not so much. i feel disconnected from my true-self, there are so many things going on, not only in my small world but in the big world, things that directly or indirectly affect us all.
this time of the year is wonderful, but it’s a little scary too. the winter is coming, months and months of grey skies and snow, lots of time indoors. if we are not careful the winter blues can take over.
i want to focus on what matters right now. i don’t want to fit and please others, i want to be true to myself, to be strong and let go of what/who doesn’t bring me joy, so i’m ready for the long winter.
my journaling time is a kind of ritual. it’s the time i connect with my inner-self. i listen to a deeper voice, my soul’s voice, so i need solitude and silent. a candle and earth elements close by. sometimes i draw a card, to use it as a prompt. coffee or tea is a must. my favorite tools are a plain Moleskine notebook and a Micron pen. this week i’m joining a writing challenge on IG, #quietwriting, i like the prompts and i’m joining it because it is a short challenge, only 7 days. yesterday’s prompt was ‘creative space’ and i shared this photo showing my journaling time.