“Liminal space is an inner state and sometimes an outer situation where we can begin to think and act in new ways. It is where we are betwixt and between, having left one room or stage of life but not yet entered the next.”Richard Rohr
Do you know this idea of liminal space? Last week three different people mentioned this term to me and when I typed those words into the search box, Richard Rohr showed up. And that was quite a rabbit trail.
There is quite a bit of betwixt and between in my life right now. I was hoping to start running again. It seemed that working from home might give me some flexibility in my day. But when the parks were closed, the only path available was the neighborhood and I live in a very hilly area. So I am walking – a lot. And I am conquering the hills. I am hopeful that when my favorite running trail is accessible again, I will be ready to run. Until then, I will try to pay attention to the liminal spaces in my days.
After my 30 days of thankful, it felt odd taking a day off but it was a day well spent. The weather was cold so I bundled up and went for a gentle run – a habit I am trying to revive. For a few years I participated in a run streak – at least one mile a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. I don’t see that happening this year but what about knitting at least 15 minutes a day? I can get behind that idea! I also spent time working in my planner and getting reset for the week followed by some cooking and reading and watching my husband get there lights on the tree.
In the evening there was time for a bit of scrolling. I have been choosing a word for each year, primarily guided by Ali Edwards. This year my word, REST, settled into my life in a new way and took me down paths of discovery that could not be contained on a scrapbook page. About a month ago, I was in a small group and a word kept coming up. I asked if anyone knew about word origins and when we looked it up, some of the words I had been considering were referenced. Fast forward about 3 weeks when I was listening to a new to me podcast where they talked about choosing a word for 2019. One of the hosts mentioned a website but since I was driving, I couldn’t write it down. After a few searches, I finally came up with the right link and found this. There are some wonderful resources if you are still thinking about a new word.
Over the last week I have been hearing a whisper of a message: stop rushing.
I am listening. Do you need to hear this message too?
Yes, autumn is coming, September is dwindling but we really don’t need to be counting how many days until Christmas. The days are getting shorter but they won’t disappear completely unless we let them. Today I encourage you to:
Take some deep breaths, letting the exhale be longer than the inhale so you get it all out.
“Breaking a pattern is never easy, but I’m determined not to go back to the way I was. I’m determined to move forward with focus, ease and this new feeling of calmness that has eluded me most, if not all, of my life.”
Sunday morning I read these words in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. Yes please. Focus. Ease. Calmness. I will take a dose of each. I rolled out my yoga mat and did some stretching. I’m ready for Robin Long’s 10 day challenge. Best of all I am ready for my first four day work week (and trying hard not to plan anything’s for this first week).
looks like adding some color to my quiet time. I would love to do this every morning but I am going to be happy with the days when it happens. I think I wrote about this book. It has inspired me to just draw what is in front of me. While I am listening to the morning prayers in the Pray As You Go app, I am doing a small sketch of something on my table. Lots of coffee cups are showing up in my notebook!
Go and visit Karen to read her lovely post about nurturing creativity.
I have had so much fun with my sewing machine this weekend. I made the white Scout Tee first. This is a pretty straightforward pattern except I don’t really like doing a bias edge on necklines. So I made a facing for the back. For the front, I added a piece that was cut on the bias to add a different direction. (I have been sewing for over 50 years so these adaptations are years in the making.)
Then I dug into my clothing fabric stash (yes, I have a fabric stash for clothing and an even larger one for quilting) and found the print. I had seen a Scout Tee with longer sleeves so I decided to try that. Again, this was not new to me. I have altered and adapted patterns many times. I forgot how soothing it can be to sew.
And this sewing time made me think about my closet and this concept of enough. I want to get back to a more mindful approach to my wardrobe. I am looking forward to this book and to making a few more items to add to my closet. Until then, I am planning to spend some time cleaning out my closet. Spring will be here before we know it. How wonderful to have a more mindful closet to welcome the new season.
I don’t have a history of success when it comes to routine. I am easily pulled away by shiny new things. But this month, I am really trying. I am using a new insert that is not dated so if I miss a week, I won’t have a blank page staring at me. And there are a few challenges that might give my daily routine a bit of a boost. This week is the Back to the Mat challenge. I cleaned up my mat space yesterday and I am ready for some short Pilates practices. Next week Michelle is offering her Just 5 Things class. I love anything that involves making a list.
Do you have a routine that includes notebooks and planners?