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October – spirituality

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I did it! I’m back for the second day in a row!

Happy October, everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fall weather and all that comes a long with it (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere, that is!). Fall, filled with soup, dropping leaves, sweaters, backyard fires, and pumpkins, is definitely my favorite season.

This year, I am beginning fall by focusing on community (September) and spirituality (October). I’ve been looking forward to this spiritual journey since I planned it in January, and although I have no idea how it will pan out (or whether I’ll stay on the band wagon), I am hoping for growth of some sort. Or at least shifting. I believe I know which direction I’m headed in, but I’m still finding the details hard to explain.

Spirituality is such a vague word, if you ask me. Merriam-Webster defines it as follows:

Spiritual – 1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit

Vague, no?

Spirituality means something different to everyone. To some, it’s about religion. To others, it’s more about bits and pieces -individual relationships, or thoughts of the afterlife, or meditation, or ritual, or cleansing, or art. You name it. Anything can create a spiritual experience, right? As long as it moves your spirit and connects you with something deeper than yourself, whether that be art or the Universe or Buddha God. With this in mind, here are my resolutions for October:

1.) Begin each day with affirmations, gratitude, and resolutions

Someday, I’d also like to start the day with some yoga. For now, a simple goal to walk or exercise in some way will suffice. I’d like to think that this way, I preparing my mind and body for the day.

2.) Notice

Be present. Use all five senses. Take in the world.

3.) Practice meditation

Whether this be sitting and chanting silently, practicing yoga, taking a dance class, or painting.

4.) Seek spiritual guides

Go to a Unitarian service. Go to Schul. Read awesome books. Listen to amazing podcasts.

5.) Talk about spirituality

Start a conversation.

My book of the month is still up for discussion. I have a few I’m interested in, but I’d like other suggestions. Can anyone recommend something awesome?

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Goodbye September

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Well, here I am again. A month after my last post, claiming for the tenth time that I will finally get back on track. 😛 September (like all months, it seems), has been quite a whirlwind. J turned three!! Family and friends came to visit (awesome short-term community building), Husband began working from home, we turned a room upstairs into an amazing studio, we had a screened in porch built, and our dogs got into a bad fight (yikes, I know). Everyone is healing and readjusting to “normal” life right now, so once again, I haven’t been thinking much about resolutions or commandments.

That said, I’m ready to jump back in for October. I can’t promise I’ll keep up with everything (embrace imperfection?), but I’d like to try. I think I mentioned in my last post that I’m not sure I like the idea of judging myself on how well I’ve kept up with commandments, and I’ve decided that in fact, I think the concept goes against how I want to live. I still want to make sure I keep my resolutions in mind though, so here’s my new plan. I will read my resolutions every morning, along with saying affirmations, looking at my personal commandments, and expressing gratitude. If I can start my day this way every day, I think it will make a world of difference. Why end the day judging your progress, when you can begin the day with positive reminders instead? Next step? Yoga every morning!

And now back to judging my progress. HA!

My resolutions for September were:

1.) Start a playgroup

This is actually happening! It will be Friday mornings, starting next week. My awesome friend Tracy and I are going to be hosting it together, and you are all invited. 🙂

2. Take a step toward a larger community goal

This hasn’t actually happened yet, but I’ve been brainstorming a lot, and I’m hoping to begin a movement class for parents and children sometime soon. I also want to reach out to a few people I know about some specific ideas I have. I will report back.

3. Keep in touch

I haven’t been the best at this, BUT I got to spend 3 whole days with one of my favorite people in the whole world, Nique :), who I hadn’t seen in TWO AND A HALF YEARS! That is WAY too long.

4. Meet new people

Yeah, I haven’t really done this. It’s not something I’m very good at, but it’s still in the back of my mind as one of my goals.

Next month is all about Spirituality, and I’m so excited to post resolutions related to all things spiritual TOMORROW. Hold me to it.

I am thankful that both my dogs are healing from their episode last week.

I am learning about my mood cycles and what it takes to get on the upswing.

J is so big, and I feel like there are a million things he says or does every day that I want to remember. He is so physically expressive, and it’s awesome to watch him try out different hand gestures while talking. 🙂

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