Reflecting on the first half of 2011~
It's hard to believe that a half year has already passed. For those who do not know, I was directed by spirit to write/blog everyday. At the time, this was a horrifying thought (my first blog post is below if you did not read it). In this process of showing up and writing, I have found it easier to blog, and even fun. What I realize now is that I was being asked to "find my voice" and let it sing out. It's not easy to be naked in front of others. The stories emerge from the "everyday happenings of my life" and you have all shared in some deeply personal heartbreaking events, as well as joyous moments. The commitment to blog everyday has deepened my practice of living in the "now" by witnessing my thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout the day, so that I can share and reflect.
In the next six months, I will be changing the blog format to incorporate some new ideas and requests from our readers. Each day of the week will have a theme focusing on Nourishing the Soul ~ Our mind/body/spirit connection.
Monday ~ Intentions
Tuesday ~ Quotes
Wednesday ~ Health Tips
Thursday ~ Spiritual Thoughts or Poems
Friday ~ Celebrations
Saturday ~ Blog Shares
Sunday ~ Chapters from Jennifer's life
I will still blog about the everyday hopefully revealing some morsel of truth, bit of wisdom or, at the very least, twisted humor. I ask again, to please join me, share the blog with friends, comment, and enjoy!
What are your 2011 resolutions? As the past year came to a close, I found myself reviewing the highlights and the challenges of 2010. It was a year of unparalleled transitions and new beginnings for me and for my family. I asked Spirit for guidance and a clear direction for 2011. As the old adage goes, "Be careful what you ask for!"
The guidance came in the form of a question similar to the directive given to me in 2004 that catalyzed the auspicious birth of the Intent Heals Journal. This question is just as challenging as that directive was, and I’ve chewed on it for two weeks now.
What if you were to "listen" to God -- your higher self, Spirit, (the unnameable one) -- every morning, and then write and post what you heard?
It reminded me of the movie “Julie & Julia,” in which Julie Powell commits to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Could I make a commitment of this nature? The thought unnerved me. Trepidation has flowed through my veins daily as I’ve pondered this gentle challenge from Spirit. What if I can’t articulate what is coming through? What if I fail to show up? What if God does not speak to me?
I have keenly felt my vulnerability and insecurity as I reflect on this daunting task.
And yet, isn't this what God asks of us? To move fully into our fears? Shine light on what is dark and scary? Penetrate the crevices and unseen barriers within ourselves that keep us from being in the moment, open-hearted, and loving?
And so, with trepidation in my heart and a pinch of fearlessness, I will listen and write what I hear.
Please join me if you are so inspired. And we can journey 2011 together, exploring both the valleys and peaks, challenging ourselves to be a bit braver and more remarkable.