If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree. ~William Butler Yeats
At the end of the year, it seems fitting to review 2009 in at least three ways: (1) rereading this blog, testament to my passages this year; (2) going through my gratitude journal for the last year, and noting the “gratitude intentions,” that is, things I have wanted to be grateful for in future; and (3) considering the list of questions in the Year End Ritual described in The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka.
The Year End Ritual questions reveal my intention to move toward greater acceptance, connection, and egolessness. My summary aspiration statement is this: I will radiate love, acceptance, and gratitude from my authentic center into the world. (This shouldn’t take long, hahaha!)
Here are the themes from my gratitude aspirations during 2009: equanimity for both my husband and me as we move through family illnesses and deaths * robust health and vitality * practice (yoga, meditation, healthy eating, mindfulness) * a sheltering sense of community, warm friendships * letting go, acceptance, non-attachment * writing and other creative pursuits * love, compassion, and an open heart * right livelihood, meaningful work, being in tune with my calling * honoring my commitments to myself * opportunity to contribute to a better world * confidence, poise, and groundedness * more play, fun, lightness of being
And finally, here are selected blog posts from 2009, the “Cliff Notes” version of the year!
Generativity, February 9
Finding one’s true path is important for the world, as well as for the self.
Painting Myself, February 28
On the changing nature of autobiography over time
An Undivided Life, March 14
Discovering Parker J. Palmer and healing separation from self
Flowing Water, April 6
Surrender to the channel in which one’s life flows
Spiraling, May 1
Life is a spiral; each day we learn its lessons in a new way.
In Praise of Slowness, May 4
Basking in our lives instead of running in and from them–see also Moodling Day, August 2 and The Myth of Multitasking, October 25
Gifts, May 5
What’s easy for us might just be what we need to be doing.
Happiness and Belonging, August 10, an expansion of Thread, January 20
We are everything and nothing.
This is My Real Life, August 15
Transforming and softening our will into willingness
Groupthink, August 29
Goals Are Not Intentions, November 21
Read this before you make any New Years resolutions.
Wishing you all a joyous, mindful, creative, accepting, poetic, authentic year full of learning, laughter, love, and gratitude!