I’ve had a bit extra external encouragement to notice this past week as I participated in both Michele GD’s annual Gratitude Week and Cythia Lee’s Nine Days of Noticing.
I love both the reminders and the knowledge that I’m participating with others in what I consider secretly sacred practices of paying attention. I’m of course thinking about Mary Oliver’s admonishment:
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”
I couldn’t help but smile as well when astrologer/author Rob Brezsny posed the question on how we choose to see the world. “Is the world a dangerous, chaotic place with no inherent purpose, running on automatic like a malfunctioning machine and fundamentally inimical to your drive to find meaning? Or are you surrounded by helpers in a friendly, enchanted universe that gives you challenges in order to make you smarter and wilder and kinder and trickier?”
I think a lot about our lenses of perception and what we choose to notice – I find it endlessly fascinating.
Here’s a smattering of things I’ve noticed and am grateful for:
My Muses – inspiration and creative ideas have been flooding my brain this week and I’m busy capturing notes on paper before they vanish into the unrecoverable depths of my brain fissures. I live for these accelerated times when my creative mind feels like its sparking non-stop and filling the well that I’ll be able to draw from for quite some time. Thank you Muses!
I’m not sure exactly when I became enamored of abecedariums, but I can tell you my love is strong and deep. Perhaps it’s an inherent need to categorize and organize in a fun way – I really have no idea. But suddenly once again I’m inspired to create more of them. I always look forward to April and the month-long A-to-Z challenge to blog through the alphabet, but I’m hoping to get out a least a couple more before then. A shout out of thanks to alphabets, those who first created abecedariums, and all the fabulous ones that exist.
I often rue that I’m not a good photographer, while at the same time refusing to actually spend the time and energy necessary to improve my inherent lack of skill. But I’m trying to loosen my stance on this – giving myself both permission to take more photos and still allowing that they can be totally un-instagram worthy and I needn’t carry regret about any of it. I’ve had a friend challenge me to start posting on Instagram so she can see snippets of what’s capturing my interest in my long-distance life and I’m taking her up on the invitation.
This is something that delights me. I love the pattern of dots – I’m totally into circles at the moment. But it also shows a glimpse of my life as well. As a flower essence practitioner, I always work personally with a line of essences for a year before I start incorporating them into my work with clients. I have little “stations” of bottles in various places of those I’m specifically working with, and this is one of them.
While I’m showing photos, here’s one of a card entitled “The Muse” which I purchased from Tara Books, an independent publishing house in India well-known for their silk-screened and handmade books. This particular card is an illustration from one of their books Black: An Artist’s Tribute. I have a number of Tara books and love them all, and I’ll be reviewing this one along with several others soon. So stay tuned.
I hope your Muse is a frequent visitor in your life and that there are many delightful things capturing your attention. There really is so much to be grateful for, and I love how we’re each attuned to different things. When we share them it’s like we’re exponentially growing our own capacity to witness. So I invite you to share something you’ve been noticing or something you’re grateful for. And if you’ve got an idea about what you’d like to see me create an abecedarium about I’d love to hear about it as well.
I also try to keep taking photos although I don’t have a “good” eye. Like you, I don’t bestir myself to improve my photography or learn more about fancy cameras. I’ve become quite dependent on my iPhone 7, which I don’t like! I still love to look back at my pictures, and re-discover those memories. I think that the world is in between a chaotic mess and enchantment. Is there beauty in chaos? Is there enchantment in the minute details of our lives, both the pleasant and not-so-pleasant? I am always looking for the good, and can mostly find it. Not always.
Seriously Margaret you’ve started off my day with a smile – I LOVE the word bestir and now feel obligated to find as many ways to use today as possible! And I think you’re right in defining the world as place between chaotic mess and enchantment. We all have to decide which direction we wish to lean into and then do our best.
A Being Creative abecadarium with photos for each letter of the alphabet – thus you are putting in the required practice for your new instything (where you can find me @yammacca)!!! … and I realise I have just come up with my own answer to next year’s A-Z… &*> That’s how creativity works. Sparking with others – which requires both attention and absorption in order to adapt. Something I have always been good at. For this, I am grateful.
Love and pranaams, YAM xx
I can’t tell you how much your comment delights me Yamini! I love how that works – you’ve inspired me and have a plan of your own. How does it get any better than that?
Ah chaos, it is part of life and when the storm lies down again, so much clarity can be found. If open to it, of course. My muses are the connections I make; even those that seem superficial to most people, inspire me. Sometimes those connections bring me chaos, however, connecting with my inner core, always brings me to clarity again.
These days, consciousness, integrity and energy are on my ‘radar’ again. I believe vital parts of connection.
Already looking forward to April. Spring has arrived by then and your ABC´s are always a delight to read.
Sending a big hug,
I love how connections are important to you Patty, and the grace you navigate this journey with. Awareness of our connections seems paramount to me in overcoming separation and embracing unity consciousness. It’s a delight to know you’re helping forge the path.