Years ago...years ago a wise woman told me: be sure to always do something really 'nourishing' for yourself on your birthday and special days. A gift, an experience...a letter to someone you love. A new adventure down a road never traveled. A class...
Over the years I have taken that advice, sometimes in big ways, and sometimes small. This year I decided to purchase a dreambook/planner that I never would have even considered before. Or, maybe considered, maybe even bought something like it...but did not use it. Or only short-term and then it got piled with those things I don't use. And eventually thrown out.
This year I really wanted to gift myself with something that challenges me. Something that helps me look ahead and set goals...not one of my strong talents...and also helps me to remember, daily, to have small rituals of wakefulness, of gratitude. Not just crossing things off a list, but actually planning and noticing, ritualising the small things and saying thank you.
It has been a challenge. I have been reading and entering information since the beginning of this year. Listing goals for the year, 3 years, 10 years...lifetime. So far my only lifetime goal is to die consciously. I am not sure what that even means, really, but I know it is a goal.
So this morning I sit down to peruse my day...what I have planned and can look forward to. One of the things I have decided to do every day is to dance...one dance at least to say thank you to my body, to creativity...to movement.
What shall we dance to today? Aretha....