As is my habit I like to spend a bit of time on Fridays and write a post giving you a peek into my week – what I’ve been up to and what’s been engaging my heart and mind.
This has been one of those weeks that has felt very full. Not in the sense of having done lots of things, but rather heart full. Between saying goodbye to our beloved cat Jupiter and celebrating a birthday, this week has been filled with enormous amounts of kindness and love. There’s so much to be grateful for in our world, both collectively and privately, and I always believe it’s important to acknowledge that. To say aloud and in action, in as many ways as possible, that we appreciate each other and the blessings that grace our lives.
I always love celebrating my birthday. Not only because it’s fun – what’s not to love about good wishes, and presents, and cake? But mostly because it’s a natural time of reflection and re-setting. Every year as I get set to launch to myself on another journey around the sun, I think about who I am. I ponder the line from Shakespeare “There was a star danced, and under that was I born” and think about the zodiacal sky I was born under and how it is a life-long map reminding me of the treasures I carried in with me. Every year I gift myself with a solar return reading, and I also think about what energies I want to bring into my new year; what I want to recommit to and what’s ready to be let go of. I’ve always considered myself lucky that my birthday fall almost exactly in the middle of the calendar year – a perfect spot for review and then moving forward.
This is a bouquet of Lisianthus flowers I received for my birthday. Aren’t they beautiful?
Beauty is important to me. I always feel a little bit strange when I say that, because I always wonder if I’ll be misunderstood. I’m afraid people will think I’m saying physical appearances are important to me, and if that’s true then I should actually care more about how I look. And clearly my outer wrapper isn’t all that beautiful, at least according to current social standards. But that’s not what I mean at all.
I believe we give a gift to the things in our life by seeing them – that it is our eyes witnessing them that creates some kind of magic that allows them to shine even more brightly because we are consciously receiving the gift they are giving by their very being. Each one of us has a part in making the world a more and more beautiful place, and that’s what I mean when I say beauty is important to me. A world that’s filled with harmony and loving-kindness; appreciation and celebration; equality and goodwill.
As I move into my new personal year, I want to be sure to say thank you for all the beauty in my world. And that certainly includes you dear readers.
That’s a bit of an overview of what’s been up with my heart this week. But you know I also like to share some of fabulousities, curiosities, and brain igniters that have engaged me during the week, so here’s a list of those things as well:
- My heart is still tender with the loss of Jupiter the glorious ginger cat, and so I’ve been especially appreciative of the loving from our remaining cat Amaterasu Solaria. And I’m also celebrating these fabulous animal delights:
- This week had me thinking about my zodiacal sky and birth constellation, and so I was amused to find this article on artist Melissa McGill’s installation of a constellation. It’s got my brain all fired up thinking of what kind of constellations I’d like to create.
- Shauna Niequist’s post Use Your Words is a perfect reminder to tell those in your life how important they are to you. I’m carrying this message into my new year with renewed focus, and I hope you’ll join me.
- And finally because we all need a little art to happy our hearts, this week I’m celebrating Katie Ponder.
There you have it – what’s been in my heart and on my mind this week. What about you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.