This will be very brief because I am sinking into my word on this for week of my summer break. REST is showing up for me in so many ways. Restful books and fiber diversions, restful food and beverages, but most importantly, restful time.
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This month I have been learning to rest my monkey mind. I have been using the Calm app for daily meditation practice and I have learned so much.
My brain is in need of this rest-filled practice. How is your word showing up?
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I have a big project going on at work. It has been dragging on for much too long but this week, things are starting to ramp up. This project involves a fair amount of uncertainty and change which will be good in the end but tough in the short term. Too many days I am unable to turn off the chatter in my head. I’ve been learning to meditate and have returned to yoga and those are good things. But yesterday I found a new way to create rest. Digging, raking, gathering, hauling, dumping. The sun was out so I headed to the garden after work. I turned the soil and pulled some pesky volunteers. I raked up sticks and pine cones and created a base for the walk way. And I found this sweet little frog. I just sat and watched him for a bit before sharing him with our tiny person. What a treasure. I was dirty and a bit sore but happy to find such lovely rest in my gardening work.
Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday and share how your word has been showing up in your life this month.
This is the first January that I have not tried to do all sorts of prompts or decorate pages about my word. It seems fitting. In order to invite REST into my life, I needed to step back from the making and sink into this word. And it has been amazing! At least once a week I have found an email or text that references rest.
This one arrived last week, just days after two of my friends entered a season of grief and loss, when the winter crud was zapping our staff, and on a day when my knee was aching from trying to do too much.
So I rested. I sat on the couch with my knitting and my leg elevated. I wrote notes of sympathy and encouragement. I slowed down. It was good.
I have some plans for exploring this word in new ways next month but I am also looking forward to seeing how it shows up.
Now it’s your turn. How have you and your word been getting along?
REST was in abundance this last week. I’m trying to keep on top of my bullet journaling and some of those systems that help me hold space for restful endeavors.
Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday and share how your WORD is showing up in your life.
“When we choose to rest from work, it is an act of compassion toward ourselves.” Shelly Miller, Rhythms of Rest: Finding the spirit of sabbath in a busy world
This is not the word I thought I would be sharing when Carole and I chatted about how we could use our blog spaces to make our words more visible this year. I was about halfway through Shelly Miller’s book but I was also reading a lot about gratitude and the difference between being grateful and living gratitude. And then there was health, wellness, and rooted- all words that seems to be calling for attention.
But that last week before Christmas break the best word to describe how I felt was weary. I knew I needed to rest. And on the 24th, I found myself on the couch with an ice pack on my knee and tears in my eyes from knee pain. Yup. I really did need to rest.
So here it is.
My one word for 2019.
It feels a bit counterintuitive. But I am pretty sure that there is plenty of action in this word.
What is your word? I hope you will share it here.
In 2018, I took a journey with one word – TODAY.
We had a pretty good adventure and I think I learned a lot about staying in the moment instead of rushing ahead to the next thing.
Next Tuesday we will begin our journeys with new words (or perhaps old words).
I hope you will come back and check in.