Saturday, December 31, 2011

#reverb11 Day 31 (we made it! YAY!)



What word will you choose to guide you through 2012? What do you hope it will bring into your life?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Friday, December 30, 2011

That one little word



Crawling to the finish line
I have run out of words

Everything I want to say about
worthy
I have said

for now

#reverb11 Day 30 (almost there!)



What word did you select to be your travelling companion in 2011? What gifts did this word bring?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Daunted and haunted


Asking for help
daunted me
Loneliness
haunted me

I'm working on it
and have made a little progress

a little

#reverb11 Day 29



Think of three things that daunted you in 2011: how are you going to work towards overcoming them in 2012?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The carving of time



I could get up earlier
I could go to sleep later
I could spend a lot less time reading other people's blogs

Then again

I could spend a lot more time doing housework or cooking
I could plan my educational and creative activities with/for my little 'un
I could prioritise exercise

I think next year will look a lot like this one:

just me
doing my best
doing it badly
doing it sometimes
but doing it anyway

#reverb11 Day 28



How do you intend to carve out more time for the things that are the most important to you in 2012?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goodbye, you three


As I release the last of the year that was 2011, I also cast these three stories into the wind:

1) Someone else's opinion is always more important than my own instinct or desire.

2) By eating when I am hungry I am bad, greedy, disobedient, fat, unloveable.

3) Saying what is deepest in my heart would hurt, upset or anger someone, and that would be the worst thing in the world.

Goodbye, my friends. We travelled closely and I know you only wanted to protect me. There seemed to be so many things to be afraid of.

So thank you.

But I am beginning to see that I really don't need you any more.

Go. Don't look back.

I don't need permission.

I don't need controlling.

I don't need protecting.

I am OK.

Go.

#reverb11 Day 27



Name three excuses -- stories you tell yourself that are holding you back -- that you are going to let go of in 2012.


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thank you, Vali


This woman
took me out of myself
and showed me other worlds
were not only possible
but violently
vital

Thank you, Vali

#reverb11 Day 26



Who inspired you in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Given and received


The greatest gift
I gave and received
was all bound up in that
one little word:
worthy

#reverb11 Day 25 (and Merry Christmas!)


What's the greatest gift you received in 2011?

#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word!


Happy reverbing!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nourishment


I walked to loosen my body
I walked to clear my mind
I walked to nourish my soul

I didn't walk enough

#reverb11 Day 24



How did you nourish your beautiful body in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The colour purple


It was purple that
warmed my insides, lit my creative spark,
connected me by the crown
to every woman who ever wondered
where she truly belonged.

It was purple that
truly represented on the outside
how I felt on the inside:
like a bruise;
tender, raw, healing.

#reverb11 Day 23



What was colour best represents the year you had in 2011... and why?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dreaming



Each step brought me closer
to being able to say:
I am a writer, I am an artist.

With thanks to Joe for the seriously delicious surprise that arrived in yesterday's mail!!

#reverb11 Day 22



What items did you tick off your dream list in 2011? What other, unexpected, dreams came to fruition?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Worthiness Wednesday #39 Seeing our stories



I have been thinking about stories and telling stories, particularly the ones we tell others and the ones we tell ourselves.

I came across this:

"What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?" asked the poet Muriel Rukeyser, then answered her own question. "The world would split open." I would go further. I think the world would split open if any individual, male or female, white or black, young or old, told the truth to themselves and those around them. We are all packed tight as atoms -- the fallout would be vast.
Louise Doughty
A Novel in a Year

And then Hope's words (for her guest #reverb11 prompt) came tumbling into my in-box.

And I found myself stopping and noticing.

All the stories I had been telling myself about, for example, this blog.

Stories, for example, like:

My stuff's too morbid for widespread appeal. The things I make aren't pretty enough. The best blogs are written by gals who are skinny enough to wear vintage. I'm too much of a luddite to do snazzy things with a website. Some of the stuff I write is bordering on pop-psychology and I am so not qualified to write stuff like that. It would be dangerous for anyone to take anything I wrote seriously, like, without professional advice. I should be writing more political, educational, literary stuff. My haiku isn't even proper haiku. It would be the end of the world if certain people in my "real life" read it. 

But I also a noticed another story.

The story about the gal who rushes home every Wednesday morning. The gal who doesn't stop to chat with the other gals who drop off their littlies at Creative Play (even through they are seriously lovely). The gal who can't wait to drop everything and just write. The gal who feels more than a little proud for having a weekly writing Deadline with a capital D (even though it's one she set herself). The gal who has faith that it will lead her to something (even though this something is completely unknown at this point and even though it might not actually lead anywhere in particular and that's OK too). The gal who knows that she is writing her best stuff, regardless of how good it may seem by other people's standards. The gal who treasures every quality comment she receives and is blessed to have connected with true kindred spirits through her writing. The gal who loves having a weekly writing prompt that hones her vision throughout the week for examples of how she is interacting with her companion word, worthy. The gal who knows that by carving out this time, she is honouring her creative passions... and her own worthiness. The gal who keeps going, regardless of whether heaps of other people "get it" or not.

This is the story I want to tell you, because it is the story that is being told every week. I just sometimes get so overwhelmed by other stuff (particularly other people's stuff) that I don't allow myself to see it.

This week, I invite you to take a quiet moment out of the festive season mayhem and gently honour the stories you have been telling yourself. Could it be that buried under there, you have been telling the world a different story just by showing up? Could it be that your most beautiful story, and the one that is closest to your truth, has always been there... buried under stuff?

You are deserve to see your most authentic story, just as people who love you and get you see it. You are worthy of your beautiful truth. 

Cultivating freedom


I am going to eat
mindfully
every four hours

(i.e. when I'm hungry)

Freedom
from how things
"should be"

#reverb11 Day 21


What's the most important habit you intend to cultivate in 2012?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

#reverb11 Day 20: Guest post from Hope Wallace Karney




What was your favourite story from 2011?

What story, big or small, did you find yourself telling over and over again, that thinking of it still brings emotion to you (i.e. mirth, sadness, joy, anxiety). What does this story mean to you? What does it mean to the people around you?

Story is such an important aspect of our lives, and sometimes the smaller stories get over shadowed by the bigger ones (or even just by everyday life), so really think about the story you choose to write about, how it made you feel, even if it is not the story that takes center stage of your past year.

Today's prompt and image come courtesy of Hope Wallace Karney, a talented mixed media artist, sister #reverb11 host, successful creative entrepreneur, another Handmade Writer alumna, and daily inspiration! Hope is also a generous soul, a fearless creator and a secret writer, and I look forward to seeing more of her marvellous stories as the new year unfolds. Thank you, Hope!


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tidings of comfort and joy



I don’t know how I managed
to forget
how awesome and kind and gorgeous
my sister is

or just how much
she gets me

#reverb11 Day 19


What were the unexpected sources of joy and comfort in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Girl, fractured


At the movies, on my own,
A moment of seeing myself
Fractured

#reverb 11 Day 18


Please post your favourite picture of yourself from 2011, self-portrait or otherwise!


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hope




Moments of
connection                  courage           unbridled creativity:
a spacious sort of hope

#reverb11 Day 17



What gave you the greatest cause for hope in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lost and found




A moment of clarity
and the relentless drive to work on my self
was lost

This was where
I found
my self

#reverb11 Day 16



What was lost in 2011? What do you intend to find in 2012?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The moment I would bottle


Pause for weary feet
bearings got, snack received
tiny moment illuminated by the Pantheon


#reveb11 Day 15: Guest post from Phil @ Skinny Latte



What moment of 2011 do you wish you could bottle, to relive again and again?  What moment made you feel the most alive? How did that moment change you?

Today's #reverb11 prompt and image come courtesy of the Phil aka Skinny Latte Strikes Back. Phil is an Aussie gal in living with the love of her life in London, an award-winning blogger, a fabulous writer who is in the throes of editing her first novel, a fellow Shanghai dumpling fiend, and a marathon running champion! Thanks Phil!


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Worthiness Wednesday #38 Give yourself a break



If you are anything like me today you are: weary; wondering how you will finish your Christmas shopping when your credit card is already maxed out; premenstrual; overwhelmed by the thought of wrapping presents; clawing your way back from a chest infection and two rounds of antibiotics; secretly proud for having managed to write and send Christmas cards this year; grateful you caught the niggly inflamed disc in your lower back early with anti-inflammatories, even though you hate taking the wretched things; secretly checking your mailbox twice a day to see if you've received any Christmas cards; feeling seriously fat in your fat pants; defeated by the crazy weather; a little ashamed of how short-tempered you've been with your little person during this last week but resigned to forgiving yourself because you've been feeling so rotten; less interested in showering than usual; pining for your antibiotics to finish so you can drink some festive champagne or cider; wondering how everyone else manages to look and make so pretty; wishing that everyone else in the house would be as keen to listen to Sufjan Stevens' Christmas albums as you are.

If you're anything like me, you're also probably loving all the opportunities for reflection that come with this time of year, and hold great hope for what the new year will bring. You might be looking forward to the festive season and a bit of quiet family time, and anticipating the joy on your loved ones' faces when they receive the gorgeous gifts you've so carefully chosen. You may also feel a delicious surge of energy to finish things projects that have been stagnating for the past few months, and start the new year afresh. You could also feel motivated to seek out special opportunities for the new year in the form of e-courses, collaborative projects, refreshed approaches to your favourite creative endeavours. You might also be wary of setting goals, making resolutions, committing to certain "healthy living strategies" or opting in to any sort of scheme that's going to make your new year feel hemmed in, or set up to fail.

And if any of this resonates with you, you might just have come full circle and find yourself feeling just like me: weary.

I don't really have much by way of meaningful words or experience to offer today. I've been thinking a lot and working quite hard and dreaming a lot and feeling quite hopeful and trying to rest and, above all, doing as good a job as I can of staying present.

So, today, all I really want to do is take a break. Go for a gentle walk. Make a toasted sandwich and salad for lunch, and eat it like a picnic in front of A Cat in Paris with my little 'un. I might also make a pot of tea and crochet a little, or recline extravagantly with the most recent edition of Frankie. A bath would be nice, but at this point seems like a little too much effort. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if I find myself wrapping Christmas presents a little later on while my little 'un naps, sipping hot chocolate and listening to Sufjan Stevens.

Will you join me today, in giving yourself  a break? Will you log off, take a deep breath, go for a walk? Will you put down the To Do and To Buy and To Be list? Will you sit down and put your feet up? Will you read something fun and pretty? Will you listen to something soothing, something that makes you happy?

Seems to me that this might be a good investment of your time and energy today. There's a lot going on. And you deserve to step out of it, and recharge your batteries. You are worthy of rest.

Music to my ears



Your daughter
is so happy and secure in herself.
Music to my ears.

(And more recently: SARK's TEDx talk, featured above, and Daniella La Porte's wise words!)

#reverb11 Day 14


What was music to your ears in 2011, literally or metaphorically?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A life creative


As cliché as it sounds:
my greatest creative challenge
-- and fulfilment -- came
as a wife, a mother, a daughter,
a woman.

#reverb11 Day 13 Guest post from TinnieGirl




What was your greatest creative accomplishment in 2011?

It might be an actual thing that you have created, or perhaps a different way or looking at something, or maybe just a clever way of managing a situation. Creativity exists in everything we do. We are inherently creative beings and we are constantly creating.

Today's prompt and image (and beautiful artwork) come courtesy of my friend Cathy, aka {TinnieGirl}. Cathy is a Melbourne-based artist and writer who, among other things, has her own fabulous jewellery line and hosts the fantastic festival that is Blogtoberfest each year. I always appreciate Cathy's insights on the creative life, both on her blog and in person. Thank you Cathy!

PS If you live in Melbourne and you're free tomorrow night, you should totally go to Cathy's Open Studio for a glass of bubbly and an excellent opportunity to stock up on gifts for the special people in your life.

#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Monday, December 12, 2011

(un)surprisingly


The things that probably
shouldn't have surprised me
really did.

The things that didn't
really surprise me
probably should have.

I suspect this is
unsurprising
and incredibly human.

#reverb11 Day 12



What surprised you most in 2011?

#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My greatest risk


Being seen
in all my flawed glory
as someone who does things that sometimes fail

These were
the greatest risks
with the greatest rewards

#reverb11 Day 11


What was the greatest risk you took in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The taste of accomplishment


It was a singular accomplishment
to learn to bake lasagne
without swearing.

#reverb11 Day 10


What was the most extraordinary dish you sampled in 2011? What made it so magical? (It needn't be the most extravagant dish, just the one that knocked your socks off with its flavour, texture, aroma, freshness, colour, significance… whatever.)


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My favourite book(s) in 2011



Betty Smith A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor Travelling with Pomegranates
Elisabeth Tova Bailey The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Edmund de Wall The Hare with the Amber Eyes
Jay Griffiths Love Letter from a Stray Moon
Leslie Cannold The Book of Rachael
Fiona McGregor Indelible Ink
Anna Funder All That I Am
Jonathan Franzen Freedom
Haruki Murakami Norwegian Wood


My top ten
of the 45 (and counting)
books I read this year.

I don't think I recorded
the non-fiction -- particularly "self help" --
fiction remains my first love.

Through these books
I grew, I knew, I saw,
I loved.

#reverb11 Day 9


What was the best book you read in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Change


I wanted to embody
the change I hoped to see in the world:
curiosity and compassion.

#reverb11 Day 8: Guest post from Gill Stannard




What positive change have you made this year:

* in your health
* in how you relate to your body
* in your self talk
* in how you relate to the world

Today's #reverb11 post and image are courtesy of naturopath extraordinaire Gill Stannard, who also happens to be a fellow Melbourne-based Mondo Beyondo alumna and a wonderful friend. ( I have lost count of the number of many times have I posted a fabulous quote, image, video or blog link here thanks to Gill's eagle eye and generous soul.) Thank you, once again, Gill!


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.


All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word! 


Happy reverbing!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Worthiness Wednesday #37 The gifts of believing



This little vignette has been marinating at the back of my mind for a long time. Today's #reverb11 post coaxed it out to play. I am a little self-conscious in sharing it. It feels really close and private, and a little esoteric. I am not sure how useful I could make it for others... but...

Deep breath. Dive in.

The day we brought our newborn little 'un home from the hospital, we noticed a rapid wild flurry in the back garden. I was sitting on the couch in the living room, holding my sleeping babe, staring out the window, still in a daze from the enormity of what had just happened and the dawning of what was to come.

Had I blinked, I would have missed it: a baby eagle speared a magpie in our back garden.

The wily predator must have been circling close by, then chose his moment with stealth and precision. There was the tiniest of struggles, and then both birds were gone, leaving a scattering of black and white feathers in their wake.

At the time, I was amazed by the power and majesty of the tiny creature outside... and secretly wondered if it was an omen for the tiny creature in my arms. After all, it was said that crows came to nest outside the house where a certain Tibetan boy, the one who became the 14th Dalai Lama, was born.

From then on, wherever I walked, I would see magpie feathers on the ground. I wondered if they were a reminder to me that I was the mother of an incredible human being, who would go on to great things. I also wondered if they were a little sign to me, the universe reminding me that I was not forgotten. Another inner voice speculated that perhaps I lived in an area where lots of magpies chose to nest, and that perhaps it was nesting season.

Just over two years later, on my birthday, something else occurred to me:

What if that omen was not meant for my daughter? What if it was meant for me?

I discussed this with my therapist. I knew she would not ridicule me for my superstition, and I also knew that she would not be skeptical about what I saw. I also hoped that as a committed and practicing Buddhist (who even has her own Tibetan Lama), she might know something about the significance of the omen in other cultural traditions.

We pondered the significance of the timing, and its relevance to the work we were doing together. We also considered what each type of bird represented: the eagle as solitary, skilled, majestic, predatory for its basic needs; the magpie as a collector, a proud nester, vocal, protective of its young but often ineffectively (e.g. swooping at cyclists, who actually bear no threat).

I came away completely comfortable with the omen and its meaning but perhaps more importantly: my capacity to receive it.

I sometimes see myself doubt my instincts. I also witness the way I compare myself unfavourably with other people's spiritual journeys and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Perhaps this is partly envy for their mystical writing styles, but partly also the sense of openness and child-like wonder that seems to pervade their daily lives.

Sometimes I feel superficial, unimaginative, buried in the daily grind. Sometimes it feels like "every body else" is freer, more artistic, more spiritually aware.

I want to share my omen and my experience with it today, because I suspect we all have secret stories like this that we keep intensely private. Perhaps we are afraid of ridicule. But perhaps we doubt that they are valid, that they mean anything significant, that we are significant.

Today, I would like to invite you to take a moment and think about a special, very private story that is yours and yours alone. It doesn't have to be spiritual, esoteric or out-of-the-ordinary: it just needs to be special to you. How could you honour this story today?

Since my birthday, I have not seen any magpie feathers on the ground. Maybe nesting season is over. Or maybe the universe has finally caught my attention. I might not be tuned in to my superpowers all the time, but when I need to, I can listen. I can hear the stories that are only mine to tell. And I can choose to share them too.

We all have our own story to tell, and it seems to me that in times of uncertainty, fear or overwhelm, the most powerful thing we can do is to tell it to ourselves... allow ourselves to really hear it.

We are all children of the universe, and we are worthy of signs that we matter.

#reverb11 Day 7


What guidance did you receive from your higher self in 2011?


#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.

All you need to do to participate in the #reverb11 experience hosted by Kat @ I Saw You Dancing is think about the question posted each day. You are warmly invited to post a comment and link to your own blog or website. Please also help yourself to a #reverb blog button and help spread the word!

Happy reverbing!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The most delightful thing I witnessed


A little girl gaining her stride
Women blossoming into themselves
A hopeful, open heart