Monday, October 15, 2012
Blogtoberfest Day #15: Manifest the season
In her marvellous book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Sarah Ban Breathnach writes in her entry for 1 September:
It seems to me that January resolutions are about will; September resolutions are about authentic wants.
What do you want more or less of in your life, so that you can love the life you're leading? It could be as simple as seeing friends more often, setting aside time to have adventures with your children while they still want your companionship, calling a solitary hour a day your own, or just taking more walks in the dazzling sunshine.
The beauty of autumnal resolutions is that no one else knows we're making them. Autumnal resolutions don't require horns, confetti, and champagne. September resolutions ask only that we be open to positive change.
I can try to do that. So can you.
Regardless of the hemisphere you're in, I suspect you'd agree that it's a slippery slope to the holiday season from here. The rest of 2012 is about to disappear into a whirlpool of end-of-year concerts, final reports, gift buying and family politics (er, I mean, "quality time").
Whether you are sinking into the rhythms of Autumn or emerging into the fragranced light of Spring, now is a wonderful time to think about what you would like to invite into your life as the calendar year draws to a close.
As Sarah so wisely reminds us, it doesn't have to be (in fact, it shouldn't be) a To Do list, or a string of aspirations you are likely to punish yourself for not achieving. It's about listening to the whispers of your heart, the yearnings of your soul, and the true needs of your body, and pondering ways you could be open to these.
At the beginning of September this year, I compiled my own Spring Manifesto. It is pictured above, and you can read the words here. I actually slapped this collage together on the kitchen bench while my daughter -- who was unwell at the time -- enjoyed a snack and some "down time" in front of a DVD. I did it with little thought or premeditation, but with a gentle prayer that permeated every cell in my body.
I wanted to invite a sense of ease into my life. I wanted wellness. And I wanted FUN.
I have to say, it is working for me beautifully. I have managed to incorporate most of the things into my life, because I actually really want to. I feel good every time I look at this little inspiration board, and I think that has as much to do with the spaciousness of its intent as the aesthetic. It is not so much about what I want To Do as how I want To Feel.
How do you want to feel, as you slide into the silly season? What feelings would you like to invite into your life? How could you honour these feelings, in your journal, in some fun slap-dash art, in your crafting?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and witnessing your feelings.