so it’s the first day of 2011. I’ve been thinking about writing ever since I woke up. That has to be a good sign.
as i blogged yesterday, I’ve been tossing around the concept of my whole Self for a long time. not an original ©-type idea, I know. (although I think capitalizing the word Self was a nice touch.) I wrote a post about the idea in the fall of 2009 but never published it. (I hope to publish it early this year.)
so…Mind. Spirit. Body.
the three facets of me. (I’m sure there are more…but that’s as far as I’ve gotten in my exploration.)
in that order. (Body has usually gotten top billing.)
i’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks…that if I focus on these facets of my life, in this order, I can improve my overall Self in ways that I’ve only dared consider. I figure if I expand my mind that I will gain more insights into being in touch with my spirit and a clear, strong mind and an enlightened spirit will only lead to a stronger body. ok that sounded like a good idea.
I’ve been making notes of things that I can do to focus on each area of my Self. (that handy Notes app is tha bomb.) here are the notes I made on how I can improve my mind:
- reading. (ohhhhhhhhhhh how long has it been since I’ve read a book! and I love books. I love to have them. but I don’t make time to read them.)
- journaling and writing.
- meditating. (this may be more of a spirit thing but it feels more mind to me. Ok I wanna do that finger/thumb thing like Julia Roberts’ character did in Eat. Pray. Love. And I want to go to all those places.)
- reading magazines (yes! I subscribe to several but I don’t take time to glean from them)
- visiting the library (did you know people still go there? my tweep @J1970K says he goes there once a week and checks out books on tapes and previews CDs. another tweep @wideeyedandwild has suggested a couple books from genres we both like so why not check those out from the library.
- engaging in relevant conversationswith friends and people I trust.
(hopefully the poll will work and I can accept your suggestions through my blog.) ***ok I’ll figure that out later…feel free to comment your suggestions
tomorrow, I’ll discuss my list for spirit and why I chose to call it that.
so today…I did a little work on all the facets of myself.
I slept in. (body)
I made love to someone I love. (spirit and body)
I fed my family. (spirit)
i watched movies and relaxed. (mind, spirit, body)
[don’t worry: I won’t detail this every day.]
and yes…I read. (mind)
a little book carried in my bag for months before sitting on my nightstand for months, loaned to me by my friend Kelly and promoted heavily a few months ago by our friend @randmhappnstanc (and others years ago): The Four Agreements.
the book has been beckoning to be read and I just ignored it, made excuses to keep from reading it…didn’t have time, couldn’t stay awake, too busy.
but, as a part of my resolve to improve my whole Self, I started reading it. and just pages into it, I realized the message of this little book is exactly in line with how I’ve been feeling about Life and my Self and the pursuit of Being. my friend Smurf introduced me to the concept of The Universe back in late 2009 but i’d kinda plateaued on my exploration of it.
but this beautiful passage resonates so deeply with my mind. and my spirit:
It is true. I am God. But you are also God. We are the same, you and I. We are images of light. We are God.”
(I hope to finish this book tomorrow.)
I also received a link from my friend Kenny about religion and the issue of homosexuality. there, the author explains the pointless nature of using the former to dispute the latter in a way and for reasons I had never paused to consider. she concludes:
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
so yeah, it feels good to open up my Mind. and my Spirit is totally enjoying the vibe.
but if you’ll excuse me, I have to return to the 227 marathon and my annual Dr. Pepper.
Mind and Body you know.