Snow in April can feel a little off kilter! I had a couple of days this week where missing one part of my daily routine meant missing another part...and so on. How about you? The beautiful irony is my Book of Firsts, wherein I did eventulally manage to record the offending precipitation, let me know that it snowed the same day last year. "Always we begin again!" My notebooks keep me keeping!
Does keeping one notebook lead to keeping others? What to do with all this glory - Book of Firsts, Nature Notebook, Poetry Notebook??? One hundred days with just one makes me familiar with all that is particular to it but also stirs a longing to explore the character of the others. How about you?
Halfway! Is your keeping practice helping you to live from your Center? Can you feel yourself returning? Some things are so fleeting - one minute a catkin, the next a leaf! I have been thinking about what attending to "the things written in the world around us" requires. What a feat of will it is to look and then take up a pencil....each time! Let's celebrate all successes on the way to becoming noticers.
Wednesday of Holy Week: a good week to remember that in times of darkness and confusion especially, keeping can help us recall our experiences of wisdom, love and guidance. Psychologist, Dr. Elaine Aron, urges "writing down all such experiences, so that their sheer number begins to carry some weight. Otherwise, they are buried by the mundane, derided by the inner skeptic, left orphaned by the lack of 'logical explanations.'" Often we find a pattern emerges - we see something we hadn't known before.
How's it all going? After three weeks is the keeping feeling more like a habit? There is a reason Charlotte Mason says "habit is ten natures" but she also acknowledges the initial work involved - a habit must "be formed definitely and thoughtfully." Do you feel your habit of attention growing? Is there anything about the bits and pieces surprising you this week? Even when we miss a day, let's be like the Benedictines who say, "always we begin again" and keep on keeping!
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