Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
Y is for…
Yagiment is a Scottish word meaning state of excitement. It also refers to a state of agitation.
Excitement and agitation are often thought of as positive and negative states respectively, but physiologically they can resemble one another quite closely.
I’m experiencing yagiment at the moment as I’m shifting and exploring new things in my work.
One practice I’ve been working with for years that I find quite helpful especially in times of change, is listening for some quote, some fragment of poetry, some lines of wisdom that really call to me for deep contemplation and consideration. I spend days, sometimes weeks listening and really delving in. And then I create a piece of art or a talisman or something tangible as a reflection of that contemplation – a touchstone of where my soul has led me.
I really love the practice as it feels both like a deep listening and then a co-creative effort – dancing with the energy I’ve been immersed in and finding an expression for it.
In this initial agitation/excitement over how my work is evolving and what exactly that might look like in its unfolding, I’ve come across five quotes that have pinged me really deeply in my heart. These feel like the guideposts I’m meant to consider on this journey. And that in itself feels exciting, because rather than working and focusing with one quote or poem, this feels like I’m setting up a much larger, much more nuanced container.
These are the quotes/the admonitions/the invitations I’m drawn to work with now. I’m naming them
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away.
My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”
— Anaïs Nin
“Astonishing material and revelation appear in our lives all the time.
Let it be. Unto us, much is given.
We just have to be open for business.”
– Anne Lamott
“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.”
― Monique Duval
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
“Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.
So what do you think? Can you sense my yagiment? Feel excitement about something yourself? Listening for what is changing in your life? Do tell – you know I love to hear.