August is month two of the third quarter of 2017; I envision new endeavors in quarters — 3-months at a time (January-March, April-June, etc.) Here is a breakdown of how I see my personal quarter sessions:
Once your panic subsides and you begin working on each of your interests, one after another, you’ll let go of the dread that life will pass you by. You’ll understand that today, tomorrow, and next year you’re going to use every bit of talent, curiosity, and intelligence that’s inside you. –Barbara Sher
One of the prompts/templates in the “Quarter Planning” Module is to create a full moon vision board (or card, page, etc.)
The full moon phase is a cyclical invitation to notice your own personal “fullness” — your wholeheartedness; a time for self-compassion and declarations, self-honesty and clarity.
The secret life of Me breathes in the wind and holds all things together soulfully. -Hildegard of Bingen
Quarter moons offer us a celestial visual of progression — the first quartet moon waxing — illumination increasing. Continue reading
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. -Anne Lamott
We must write in a way that links detailed descriptions of what happened with feelings—then and now—about what happened. -Louise DeSalvo, Writing as a Way of Healing
One of the treasures I found while purging re-organizing bookshelves this week was Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo. The first time I read this book it resonated deeply; I was in the midst of holistic and allopathic treatment for ovarian cancer.
“Confronting the chaos of our most difficult memories and feelings … translating them into coherent language can have ‘remarkable short- and long-term health benefits.’ For when we deal with unassimilated events, when we tell our stories and describe our feelings and integrate them into our sense of self, we no longer must actively work at inhibition. This alleviates the stress of holding back our stories and repressing or hiding our emotions, and so our health improves.” p. 24-25
Today is the full moon and the longest day of the summer solstice is in 11 days. I am in the midst of a “depression self-study” via my writing practice and my ICAD art.
- More about this Fullness.
I resist uprooting because, well, I am wildly optimistic. I see possible value in almost anything and everything … And yet, I also believe:
Whenever there’s something in your life that sucks, you are at least partially responsible. It’s no one else’s fault that you feel like shit. … This is your life, and you’re in control of it. So, it’s time to get clear about the role you’re playing in the suckiness. -Gala Darling
… the same pitfalls [are always] waiting for you. The trouble lies in believing one can settle these things once and for all. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Full Moon prompts included below.
… you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. -Madeleine L’Engle
My journal-planners tether me gently, serving as a means of tracking my start lines as well as my progress. Some entries are unpublished and read only by me; some entries are shared with women with whom I share community, and others shared publicly.
The most confused you will get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie. -Shannon L. Adler
Today is the New Moon and I am on a bit of magic carpet ride … Continue reading
… she must set for herself something in life that she is willing to reach for and therefore takes risk for. -Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Willingness for reaching is certainly something I possess. There are times it feels unstoppable; but then other times said willingness feels elusive and without substance, a shadow and cynical amusement.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
My life is my art. It is a matter of daily choices and decisions to engage with a daily relationship with the hours. It is accepting “quarter moon phases” of expeditions through the “dark half” of living. Continue reading