My spiritual guru @emilypfreeman has suggested a practice in which we sit down and take note of the things we learned at the end of every month before we are hurled into the next one. The rule of this practice is that there is no rule as to what makes the list—big things and small things hold equal weight here. All that matters is that we take the time to reflect on the month and what it offered us. I love this idea, but so often the end of the month creeps up on me without time to take note of what I learned. This month though, I made time for reflection.
Here is what I learned in October:
Instrumental music playing in the background is life-giving. Turning off the sound of words and sentences long enough to hear a banjo or a flute while I’m cooking dinner feels like a deep breath.
Even though I don’t attend a church that centers around a liturgical practice, incorporating liturgical prayers into my daily practice grounds me in a way that few other spiritual practices do.
It’s okay if people know who I’m voting for. It’s even okay for me to have a sign in my yard.
Walks and runs at my local park with signs of fall surrounding me serves as a reminder that the predictable is still out there. I can count on the creek to run when the water gets high, and I can count on the sound of birdsong when I take the time to listen.
Gilmore Girls (as a series) is just as good the second time around.
When it comes to homes and home design, it turns out, I am a minimalist.
Starting my day in a practice of total silence before God sets a tone of peace and stillness for the rest of the day.
Washing and drying four loads of laundry in one machine at the laundromat is a better deal than washing one load at a time at home. (Although, we will still get our washing machine fixed.)
Hot coffee and a warm blanket are gifts I receive each and every morning.
On to November. 🙂