The question of why has been popping up a lot for me this week, and apparently others as well. For example, I had a conversation with a friend tonight who is feeling a bit asea – wondering what her big why is now that’s she’s making some shifts in her life. She remarked just doing things for the joy of it used to be the perfect why, until at some point she got convinced that things had to have a deeper reason, something that could be quantified and measured. I had the delight of watching as she unpacked that bit of wisdom for herself so she can now let go of that oh-so-unhelpful and limiting viewpoint and reclaim doing things simply for the joy of it.
Isn’t that wonderful why to step into – for the pure and simple joy of it?
This week I’ve spent a good amount of time visioning. A part of that process, at least for me, is looking at my whys as well. Because I believe that knowing why I want something is key to inviting in the energy of what I want. It’s always the energy that we really want – how things make us feel – rather than any specific physical object that’s important. We want to put ourselves in a vibrational match to what we want in order to allow it in.
In another, more concrete example of why, I’m participating in a on-line course offered by Gin White of Subtle Harmony called writenergy, which is a way to practice awareness of energetic flow and support while engaging in writing. I’m always up for looking at the energy and vibrational side of things, so paying attention to these things as I embark on some big writing projects feels like a perfect way to support myself.
One of the things we’ve been doing this week is looking at why we write.
My first pass at it was this:
Why do I write?
Because I have things to say. Because I feel like I’ve discovered my voice after years of feeling like I had none. I had nothing to write about, and now it feels like I can write about anything. I have come home to myself, and now I want to be seen. I want to share. I want to use my words, my writing, to examine more closely, to articulate what I know, what I believe, what I’m curious about. Writing helps me find my position, writing helps clarify, writing helps bring closure, and helps open things up. Writing is fun. Writing is a gift I give to myself, and I gift I offer to others. Writing is an act of discipline. Writing is an act of joy. Writing is one of the ways for me to connect with others.
And bingo – there it is. An act of joy. What better why is there?
Here’s a little piece I created as well. I had a chop made – a Chinese seal carved from stone used to sign things, traditionally with a red paste as ink. My chop reads “Write Your Heart.”
And that’s part of my why as well.
So tell me – is joy enjoy of a reason why for you? Can you imagine a life where that’s the overarching reason for everything you do? Do tell – you know I love to hear.