1. More space
I joined Goddess Leonie’s Goddess Circle and am enjoying her Creating Your Goddess Haven course. I loved that the first task was creating an altar. By “loved” this first task, I of course mean that I totally rolled my eyes and thought “I have no space to create an altar, everything is covered with clutter and that’s just going to make a bigger mess and how’s it going to help anything anyway??!?”
I tried it anyway, thinking I had little to lose. I could always put things back where they belonged – in a huge knotty pile of junk. So I pushed aside a pile and made a space for a pretty placemat, on which I put a favorite candle and a small piece of pottery with some crystals in it. That was it for the altar, because my altar was about creating space and simplicity. I lit the candle and honored my new little space of tranquility.
Three weeks later, my altar radiates space and simplicity to the rest of my house. Even after getting sick and busy the past couple of weeks, my altar is still a little oasis of simplicity and calm in the middle of my house. I see how pretty my altar looks, and I want so badly to have the space next to it look just that pretty.
2. Clear lines between work time, play time, rest time (i.e. less time web surfing)
I am still playing with the lines between these three. Adding a Facebook Page for on of my community organizing projects has blurred these lines and made web surfing “work” (for those interested in Colorado’s future – whether you live here, want to move here, or just like to visit – check out It’s 2010, not 1910. Vote No on 60, 61, and 101). Really, checking our Facebook Page 30 times a day to see how many followers we have is important!
I need a couple of different kinds of work periods. One kind is a chunk of time to focus on one project that needs brainpower. Another kind is a chunk of time to respond to a bunch of items that take 5 minutes or less. Yes, I know I realized this a bazillion years ago when I read Getting Things Done. But it is one of the things that is hard about my freelancer’s lifestyle. It feels easier to be “on the clock” for one person for a period of time, and then switch to another project for a chunk of time. It’s hardest for me to do more seamless switching because I actually show up for one of my jobs, even though I think of it as freelancing. I might play with this different kind of project time periods this week, and report back.
3. Movement: Just do it.
Ha! Hahahahahahahaha! I love when the universe gives me what I need, instead of what I think I want. I finally went to Tara Mandala yesterday, a Tibetan Buddhist center just 80 miles away from Durango. I thought the afternoon Global Mala Ritual looked like a great opportunity to see the ornate temple dedicated to feminine spirituality.
Perhaps I am just out of the loop, but nothing about this picture said to me, “You will be doing 108 Sun Salutations in the middle of an ornate temple for 3 hours.” It’s a good thing I didn’t know, because I would have never signed up for that trip.
While it wasn’t quite the meditative connection I’d been hoping for, it was an influx of movement through my body that I’ve been both longing for and resisting. Being sick the past couple of weeks, I have been doing just some simple movements: Shiva Nata and Restorative Yoga. The 108 Sun Salutations came right as I am starting to feel better and needed a big flush of my system. Thank you, universe!