The wet cold bites my bones. I draw my deep red shawl tightly across my shoulders.
October to January is Makahiki season according to Hawai’in culture. A time when there was a taboo on warfare and people participated in religious and sports festivities.
Imagine saying “no” to warfare! If it could be done for an entire season, why not an entire year? Is this a legacy that could be brought to life once again?
Can we all begin to make this the season of our own peace by refraining from harm in our own interactions?
The Seasons Go Round and Round
Writing this monthly review is like watching the seasons of my life pass by.
What exactly have I accomplished this month? Is it of merit? Does it take me where I want to go? I like the measure it provides. I like the way it’s serving me as a monthly wake up call. A reminder of what is real – and unreal. A reminder of passing time and what’s important to me.
Ironically, I haven’t seen a new monthly review from Gwen Bell or Tammy Strobel – my original inspirations – since I began. But that’s OK! Everything changes, on that you can count! It’s working for me, for now.
What Nourishes You?
This month, a theme came to me at the beginning of the month instead of knocking me on the head at the end: nourishment. I took a moment to chart out what nourishes me. These are a few of those nourishing things:
- Jin Shyin Jyutsu (self-care)
- Being in nature
- Inspirational reading
- Uplifting friends
I learned a few things about nourishment this month. If you have been hungry for a very long time, it’s easy to feel insatiable. It’s easy to feel like you have to do a lot and then get lost in the endless activity of attempted nourishment.
That has felt overwhelming to me. Instead of becoming overly frantic with self-nourishment, I learned these shortcuts.
- To savor and let the self-nourishment sink deeply in so that less is more.
- Remembering that true nourishment is really letting go and being happy and content in every moment.
What nourishes you?
Jin Shyin Jyutsu Rocks
I wasn’t able to go to the Jin Shyin Jyutsu workshop, but I had the pleasure of a treatment. What I especially like about this gentle body work is its self-help focus. My practitioner gave me two simple flows and a handful of other points or mudras to hold that are especially for me.
I liked this quote in a recent article on The Best Brain Possible:
“…people who routinely relax have improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient.”
I like the idea that relaxation is self-reinforcing. Taking time for these short self-care treatments brings this sense of relaxation. I hope it’s making a dent on my genes!
I’ve been trying the 30-day free trial of Scrivener, a program for writers. I’m in love with it and I haven’t used a fraction of its capabilities. I especially like the way I’m able to organize my writing within its framework. I was also impressed by the tutorial. Usually, tutorials are hard to understand, but this one was methodical and surprisingly easy.
Here’s another self care trick: I’ve been finding it smart to use an online timer when I write. I set the alarm clock for an hour. When it beeps, I usually jump. Then I take a break. It’s proving to be a great way to get more movement and relaxation into my day.
Guess what? I have had the honor to be nominated to be one of the Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2011. Thank you Steven Aitchison. Now it appears to depend on voting. If you would like to vote or nominate your other favorite blogs, please visit Steve’s blog. I appreciate being nominated. And it’s great if you want to vote for my blog. But far more than winning, what matters to me is making a difference in people’s lives.
What do you think about the new header I created for Always Well Within? Do you like it?
It holds a special meaning for me. Firstly, that all the thoughts and emotions of our mind are just like passing clouds. Behind and beyond them we find the vast expanse of the sky-like nature of our mind. Secondly, the lotus is a classic symbol of transformation. It’s pristine beauty emerges from the muddy water just as our spirit always remains pure, unstained by any darkness.
Aside from the inspirational factor, having a header allows me to use the different post-categories of the Manifest Theme (like asides and links) without feeling I need to add a photo. This encourages me to share my shorter pieces of writing, which I sometimes feel are the most potent.
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Recent changes in my life have spurred me to deepen my spiritual practice and simplify my life further. “Simplify” will be my theme for December.
As the month closes, I am reminder to be grateful for everything. What you least expect, can sometimes be the greatest blessing.
How was your November? Any insights or experiences to share?
Image: The God of Passing Time
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