Project 365 Plus



2.27.11

“At February’s End…”

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark ~ Agnes De Mille

How odd is it that it’s only the end of February and I already feel like the year has gotten away from me. Which is ridiculous when there’s still more than 300 days still waiting to deliver good things and little pleasures. But that’s what they call anxiety folks.

So I concentrate on how my current deprivation in some areas has made more likely to notice joy in the smallest of things and remember that the key is to stay with the practice of expecting good things to happen, on a daily basis, and to stay in gratitude. Always. There’s always something to be grateful for, even if you have to look a bit for it.

Hope Breaks Through

Hope

I still haven’t made the Creative Excursion that was my homework for the month. I had planned a museum, a photography exhibit perhaps. I’ll still plan on taking it. You’re supposed to do it at least once a month. Just a little something to feed the soul, so we’ll aim for March and try again. The goal is to be forgiving and not quit on it. The goal is to know that the Universe is a well-intentioned, friendly place. Gratitude: For the Dragon Lady, who always has my back, For the court date that went better than I expected, For the children, always the children, For the rent, For groceries, For aspirin.

The year has just begun and perfection isn’t the answer, over 300 more days of possibilities is…


2.04.11

“A New Month…”

February comes and we enter the second month of gratitude. Focusing on the ways in which we are alright helps to move our mindset out of the belief in scarcity. I feel that the first month was a success. I feel calmer, more able to place myself in the path of hope, and most importantly, I am kinder and gentler to myself.

February tasks me to set out on a “Creative Excursion”. I am supposed to go out and have fun. By myself. SBB is right when she writes…

“for me the hardest part of the Simple Abundance path was creative excursions. I was simply not used to having fun by myself. It seemed too frivolous, too self-indulgent. Be prepared for strong emotional resistance…”

I found exactly that, and the emotional resistance is all the more reason to confront it and push through.

So here’s to February and Creative Excursions, and here’s to another month of Gratitude and 330+ days of Transformation left…


1.22.11

“The simple pleasure of concentrating on one task at a time…”

So far, nothing has had greater impact than the process of making this change in my life. If there was anything that was making me feel more frantic, stressed and full of a constant sense of never being enough it was the constant juggling act that I was trying to perform. On the day that we die, how many jobs will be left undone? Laundry will still be waiting to be done, mail will be unopened, perhaps the fridge will be full of things we planned on making for dinner. There will never be a time when it will all be done. So why not focus on the simpler things and let them give us joy? Here’s today’s quote:

“Many people believe simplicity implies doing without. On the contrary. True simplicity as a conscious life choice illuminates out lives from within. True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess. True simplicity can elevate ordinary moments, dreary lives, and even inanimate objects — as anyone who has ever looked at an exquisite piece of Shaker furniture will attest –from the mundane to the transcendent.” ~ Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am embracing the beauty of quality over quantity…


1.23.11

“The Prosperity of Living…”

Oh, I love today’s prompt. It seems to so deeply reflect the changes brought about by the recent economic crises. Everywhere I look I see entrepreneurship. This is America’s response to the lack of jobs. We become determined to forge into the unexplored. We return to our creativity and that is a gift. The opportunity to remake oneself. Here’s the quote from a time when money was once again the worlds problem:

“It it not enough to make the best of things as the are. Resignation will get us nowhere. We must build what amounts to a new country. We must revive the ideals of the founders. We must learn the new values of money. It is time for pioneering — to create a new security for the home and the family…We were specialists in spending, we are becoming specialists in living.” ~ Ladies Home Journal, 1932 (via Simple Abundance by SBB)

I couldn’t have needed to hear that more…How about you?


1.22.11

“What is it you truly need?…”

I found answers to this question written on the page of the book from my last visit to it’s pages some years ago and I was really surprised to see that my answers to this hadn’t changed. I had understood the core of what I needed then just as I do now.

Joy between the Children and I
Self-Acceptance
Validation
Energy and Opportunity
Health
Clean open space.

That was it. Really I don’t think I can add anything more vital to that list. I think I need to tape it up somewhere. I’ve been feeling a bit empty this week, but I think if I concentrate on people outside myself I’ll feel better.

As far as gratitude goes, the weather has been so warm that it feels a little like spring and that made me feel better. I want to plan a really good spring. I have been working on acting as if it were already here. How would I be living my life if it were exactly the way I wanted it? And why not live that way right now? Act as if it is yours already and…


1.18.11

“The Woman You Were Meant to Be…”

That’s one of the daily titles from January 5th. It’s been a mind-worm since I read it. Am I on my way to becoming that woman? Do I even know who she is anymore? I’m not sure I do. But I’ve been thinking about her a lot…

Thinking about her is an act of pro-activity and I have been merely reactive to my life for a long time now. Always feeling behind, always playing catch up, feeling like you’re doing nothing by design? Does this sound familiar to anyone? Perhaps this is a good thing to journal about, or even more elemental, something to create a vision board around. The first time I was asked to build a vision board, I asked if it would be better if surrounded myself with my magic crystal and moon rocks first. (The woman I’m meant to be will retain her snarkiness in certain situations). I was laughed at and told to try it out anyway.

I ended up being surprised at what 15 minutes spend cutting pictures and words from a magazine produced. You take images and words that speak to you, whether you know why or not and adhere them onto a flat surface of your choice, and then you begin to really explore what those images represent for you. You will surprise yourself. Cut out a picture of a room, what do you like about it? Is it a color thing, space, does something about the room make you feel refreshed or comforted in someway? It can really reveal some things about your self if you’re feeling out of touch with yourself. These days, it’s remarkably easy to lose yourself in the shuffle.

Vision Boards! Try it. It’s fun. Karen Waldron over at Chookooloonks does one with her daughter every year, which makes the whole idea seem even better. Take some time to get in touch…

Further along, I found this “…your authentic self has not abandoned you. Instead she has been waiting patiently for you to recognize her and reconnect. Turn away from the world this year and begin to listen. Listen to the whispers of your heart. Look within. Your silent companion has lit lanterns of love to illuminate the path to Wholeness. At long last, the journey you were destined to take has begun.”

*excerpts from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach


1.3.11

Today was a reminder of how the Six Principles intertwine together to create a life of Simple Abundance. It definitely makes me want to spend a year in this state of mind. Content that everything I need it already present and that safety is at hand wherever I am.

The year starts with Gratitude and I have to make a list of all the things that I have that I am grateful for. I think I will add another list to that task: Successes. I was asked a while ago to name some things that I had been successful at. That was followed by about 10 minutes of silence on my part. That’s ridiculous of course, but troubling. I ought to be able to own an easy sense of my own successes.

“Pick up the needle with me and make the first stitch on the canvas of your life. Invite Spirit to open up the eyes of your inner awareness.”

And breathe…always breathe…


1.2.11

Today is about “Loving the Questions”

My very favorite part of the meditation for today is this:

“…what if you knew a year from today, you could be living the most creative, joyous, and fulfilling life you could imagine? What would it be? What changes would you make? How and where would you begin? Do you see why the questions are important?” ~ SBB   Simple Abundance

Yesterday’s topic had “Transformative” in the title. I haven’t opened this book in a couple of years and it felt very good to see that my New Years post was so aligned with the beginning of this journey.  It makes me feel open, available to the universe, as if things behind the scenes may be starting to work together. It makes me feel ready to connect to Source.  And to breathe.

Here are the essentials so far…

Essential Words...

It feels good to begin a New Year…


1.1.11

The Tools…

Transformation Tools

To start with, we have:

A Day Book of Comfort and Joy

Sarah Ban Breathnach

I love this book.  It centers around six basic principles; Gratitude, Simplicity, Order, Harmony, Beauty and Love. Each month is dedicated to a particular theme and it then delivers daily meditations and aphorisms to reflect on.  And it really is comforting, so I’m going to try and follow along with it this year and attempt to live by it’s lights.

I’m going to try and remember to add music to my days. I often forget, even though I know what a difference it can make to one’s frame of mind.

I’ll be adding other tools as I go along, and I’m not really sure what form this journal will take. Some days perhaps I’ll just quote from the book, other days there will be more.  I’m also going to try and do a sort of a project 365 along with this as well.