Thursday, January 23, 2014

Vision Board, 2014

We had our first session of 2014 at The Well on Saturday, and we made vision boards. I've made vision boards every couple of years for a long time now, but I thought it pretty interesting that when I "googled" vision boards this time, I found several articles about why vision boards DON'T work. So it sent me off in a slightly different direction this year.

I began to consider the different layers of our lives and how so many of us live mostly on the periphery, the surface, never diving deeply into the inner landscape of our own soul. Maybe that's why a lot of vision boards don't work, so what might happen if we go beneath the surface and "catch the vision" from deep inside?

This was our jumping off place as we gathered Saturday and began to image our vision for 2014. See if these thoughts might help you catch your vision for this next year.

Catching the Vision

“May you know that you are ever embraced in the kind circle of God.” (Blessing, John O’Donohue, Eternal Echos)

Imagine “the kind circle of God”, picture yourself in the middle of that circle, what would be encircling you and embracing you this year? Image that.

“Each person's life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own
circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” Pema Chodron

“In the beginning was the dream. In the eternal night where no dawn broke, the dream deepened. Before anything ever was, it had to be dreamed. Everything had its beginning in possibility. Every single thing is somehow the expression and incarnation of a thought. If a thing had never been thought, it could never be.” (John O’Donohue, Eternal Echos)

Ponder what these thoughts might mean to your own existence. Begin to imagine what the Dreamer might have imagined about and for you. Begin to fill that “kind circle of God” with images and words that express the potential of that dream.

"There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of that
Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that." ~ Rumi

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Afterglow of Pranayama and a Small Stone For The Day

I was fortunate enough to attend a Pranayama workshop at Pure Mind and Body, yesterday and today. Kristina Keller was the instructor, and she's always excellent. I decided yesterday that I wanted to pick up my art jounraling again, so this was a perfect way to start. After that wonderful inspiration of breath

I was feeling especially INSPIRED!

Small Stone for today

Friday, January 10, 2014

Small Stone - Life Force

Pranayama workshop this weekend.
Prana, “Life force”
Yama, “To move”
Already this morning
Life Force has been moving within
Planting seeds
Whispering possibilities
Creating vision

My task is to open and allow.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Simple Stone for January 7 and 8

Tuesday, January 7
A stone left unturned

Wednesday, January 8
Always we begin again.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Small Stone #6

winter's chill
scarred jacket
cleaved flesh
pressured fruit
sweet juice

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Small Stone - Winter's Tea and 7WS

Small Stone - Winter's Tea

Arctic winter day encourages emptying
the first canister of tea - ever -
persuading taste buds onward
to Earl Gray.

If this polar bear winter keeps up,
she might learn to drink tea in 2014.


Cold creeps near
beneath steel grey skies

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Small Stone #4 - Marriage

I'm going to an engagement party this afternoon, and I'm supposed to write a blessing or a piece of advice...what to say? I've been thinking about it for days.

I don't want to give a Hallmark card - I want to speak truth, but I don't want to sound - cynical? After all, I finally feel safe and loved and content with my husband of 23 years. And I finally believe I am able to love him with all my heart.

But it hasn't been easy for either of us, this thing called marriage.

So I wrote a "small stone".

What is marriage?

A pebble in your shoe,
A cracked mirror
reflecting who must change,

Both curse and blessing
I now feel
after nearly 45 years,
three attempts,
failed expectations,
and a life of self-transformation

I may have something positive to say.

I recommend marriage as the best fertilizer
for personal growth
next to having children.
Simply add a good measure of Grace to both
and know, “It is what it is”.

Love never fails.

I dedicate this to the man who has taught me more about love than any man I've ever known, my ever faithful James H. Conner, Jr., husband and love of my life, my true soul mate. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Small Stone #3

How have I made them?
Where have they brought me?
How do I choose to make them today?
I choose awareness.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Small Stone #2

biting, blustery north wind
dropping temperatures
hot tea
comfy chair
cozy blanket


"all is well
all shall be well
all manner of all things
shall be well."

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Small Stone #1

So, I've decided to take the Small Stones Challenge. Sounds simple enough: Wake up, pay attention, write it down, one "small stone" a day for the month of January, a delicious way to begin a new year. I'm for anything that encourages me to "wake up and pay attention".

Today's "small stone"

North wind blows.
Chaos twists the heart,
silences the music.

Be still.