It’s been a funny week, don’t you think? Some things are on go-slow or even on retreat because of mercury in retrograde (it’s just taken me 25 minutes for my computer to load up after a windows update!) – but have you noticed? Other things, ideas, dreams and projects that have been incubating for weeks or even months, are suddenly pecking their little beaks against the shell of our consciousness. I’m not quite ready to expose my baby to the cold air of discussion yet – but this week I have started work on a very exciting writing project that has been nestled away, taking shape for the last few months. This morning the Bear is home, and I asked him to get the kids ready for school so that I can write until I have to go to work at 11. It is worth noting that all three of their faces went a little pale – but the Bear, although not a morning person, is a reasonable and fair man – and he quickly, if not enthusiastically, agreed. So, here I am – on an early Friday morning, with the mist lifting off the fields outside my office window, the soft melody of meditation music playing in the background and the chatter of birds, drunk on spring time nectar, providing a background to my work (play). Can it get any better, I ask you?
And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. – Meister Eckhart
What am I Reading?
I’ve just realised that it may appear that I don’t actually read anything longer than articles and blogs 🙂 It’s not true, I promise! At the moment I am reading two books (I love to have two books on the go at the one time – one fiction and one non-fiction). One is A Heart as Wide as the World – Stories on the path of Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg, and the other one is a collection of short stories, essays and memoir from the Griffith University Literary Review. Both of them are worth reading and have some wonderful pieces of insight and wisdom – but neither of them have sucked me in and swept me away from all the other reading and writing I do. Rest assured when that happens, I will tell you all about it :).
At every moment of your life, the universe is either expressing a miracle or is pregnant with the next one. – Marianne Williamson
Best Short Read
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write by Rachel Grate via Mic.com
People who write know this: it’s the secret behind the benefits of morning pages and journalling, and it’s why we writers are just so damn well-adjusted 🙂 Writing about what is happening in your life, the things that you are grateful for, the things that are worrying you or making you sad, angry or confused – is good for your mental health, and has had demonstrable, measurable effects, which we know scientists absolutely love.
James W. Pennebaker has been conducting research on writing to heal for years at the University of Texas at Austin. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,” Pennebaker writes. “They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.”
Why? Pennebaker believes this act of expressive writing allows people to take a step back and evaluate their lives. Instead of obsessing unhealthily over an event, they can focus on moving forward. By doing so, stress levels go down and health correspondingly goes up.
You don’t have to be a serious novelist or constantly reflecting on your life’s most traumatic moments to get these great benefits. Even blogging or journaling is enough to see results. One study found that blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to the effect from running or listening to music.
From long-term health improvements to short-term benefits like sleeping better, it’s official: Writers are doing something right.
Read the rest of the article here.
Guys. I love Glennon Doyle from Momastery, and here’s why: she’s smart, funny, honest, kind and brave. Everything I love about humans, really :). This video post from her is another reason why I love her:
So, the first time I was on the #OWNShow I talked about feeling angry and used during sex, because I like to keep things light and easy-breezy.
Also, remember when I told you that for the first 25 years of my life I never said the word f-a-r-t aloud? I said it on the #OWNShow. I’m kinda proud of myself. I feel like maybe I’m becoming less of a lady and more of a woman.
Love you and I hope you like it.
Our True Heritage
The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.
You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
October is a balancing act…
This month pushes the edge of everything, forcing expansion, new strategies for balance and a necessary letting go of what really does not work.
It is an exciting, terrifying, exhilarating month with the challenge of extreme panic and fear as well as the opportunity to experience the ecstatic state of higher frequencies like never before.
It is truly a circus that we are both witness to and performers in.
There are two eclipses this month as well as some interesting astrological aspects that support the month to be one of the most eccentric, creative, surprising and unpredictable we have had in a long time…
We have everything we need to support our lives and to midwife our transformation. We just need to trust our seemingly unstable environment, and pay attention to how we are navigating our lives every day.
We need to be in our personal power, connected to the integrity of our hearts and striving for a new balance.
We need to release our old stories and become more comfortable with the mystery of the unknown.
We need to shift our platforms of security from exterior systems to interior ones.
In other words, trust more in our talents, inner wisdom, personal beliefs and the higher self…
– Lena Stevens, The Power Path
Have a beautiful weekend – and I’ll see you on the other side!