It is 2 am, and a lovely evening for sitting on the porch, writing. I love writing in the wee hours of the morning. We all have our own rituals.
Nature has a way of bringing us down to Earth. Literally. There is no question about it. Nature is Earth, and experiencing her is one of our greatest joys.
I once wrote a list of things I need to do each day to feel good about myself and the day.
- some form of art, even just writing in my journal
- some form of exercise, body movement, or body awareness exercise
- service, or thinking of others — even just a phone call or text to let someone know that they are important to me and that I am thinking of them
- living my values, living with integrity, trying to be the best I can — without judgment
- doing something to stay aware of what is going on in the world or in the place that I live
And one final thing is to get in nature at least once a week. I can’t stress how healing this is.
That is my list; and no, I don’t always have time for all of it. But it tells me what is truly important to me.
~What is important to you?
~What do you want to do on a daily basis to maintain sanity, or even better, as I like to say, ‘to thrive’?
We are not meant to simply exist. When I ask myself what is the purpose of life, the best answer I can come up with is — to feel alive.
So, move your body. And if that is not possible, stimulate your brain. Fill it with literature, culture, art. Fill your soul with love, friendship, beauty.
Thrive, feel alive; don’t just survive.
to cherish, to nurture, to lilt toward the stunning effects of moving beyond fear…..our natural calm can filter through us as we breathe in sky and witness beauty….may the distance from sun to moon be like your well-traveled way home….
How do you find the divine power in yourself? The word enthusiasm means ‘filled with a god,’ so what makes you enthusiastic? Follow it. That’s been my advice to young people who ask me, ‘What shall I do?’ I taught once in a boys’ prep school. That’s the moment for young boys––or it used to be; I don’t know what’s going on now––when they had to decide their life courses. You know, where are they going? And they’re caught with excitement. This one wants to study art, this one poetry, this one anthropology. But dad says study law; that’s where the money is. OK, that’s the decision. And you know what my answer would be––where your enthusiasm is. So I have a little word: follow your bliss. The bliss is the message of God to yourself. That’s where your life is…..Joseph Campbell
Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart,
my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing,
the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit.
Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter
my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus
walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.