I’ve been out and about so not much time by the computer, so this is a catchup post for Kat and Meredith’s August Moon 13 blog challenge.
Day 3: Meredith writes: Sometimes we get too caught up with life’s circumstances. Count the blessings you’ve had to be grateful for this year
This was a great question coming after the intentions one, which unleashed some uncharacteristic complainy-bloggage from me! During the day I noticed the things I was grateful for, starting and ending with my comfy bed, tasty food in the cupboard, a secure home and my family. I know that these are things many other people don’t have and I am super grateful for them!
Day 4: Kat writes: What word did you choose as your travelling companion in 2013? How is it working for you? Where have the surprises been? If you didn’t choose a guiding word, what word sums up your year so far? And why?
I chose ‘OPEN’ – as a verb – for my word for 2013 and it’s happening! Some painful personal relationships and betrayals that happened around 7 years or so ago, meant that I have struggled to be as open to people and experiences as I was before.
Sometimes I think the heart needs to be protected whilst it heals, and I’ve always noticed that major heartbreak takes a full 7 year cycle to be properly mended. This year was the end of that cycle for me and I’ve been practising a lot of heart-opening meditations, arting it out and generally opening up more fully.
I won’t say it isn’t a scary process (it is) or that it’s complete (it isn’t) but overall it’s a far less tricky process than I thought it would be, to be honest!
Day 5: Meredith writes: Have you developed new yearnings so far this year? Let go of old ones?
Yes, I’ve developed a huge increase in my yearning for time alone. I’ve always enjoyed my own company, but this year it’s become more and more necessary to be by myself, and I’ve just let that happen.
Old yearnings: as I get older, the gift of age is being really able to let go of worries about what people think. It’s extremely liberating!
I don’t really experience life in high and low points these days, as I feel fairly well anchored at present. The summer has been a challenge, but I focus on the good things and it’s not a low point by any means.
More a middle point. I feel in a very middle point place personal growth wise. Very apt for my age, I think!