When I get into a place where I’m rattling around
inside of my head, lost in my anxious thoughts,
and long to flow from my heartspace instead,
my go-to thing
to slip loose from the noose
I show up to make a list,
and this feels somehow like a trust-fall back into the flow.
There’s just something about the muse and motion of list-making
So a here’s a process share, for especially when life can feel
like a slide into the upside down,
and showing up to gratitude feels thin
– maybe riff on some different questions instead. Like:
~ list what times have I felt the safest; what sounds and smells do I remember from then?
~ list what made me come alive as a kid; what made me feel brave?
~ Think of the someones that you love; imagine money is unlimited
and you have one moving van and can pack it like a freight train to send them.
List what goes in; pack it tight.
~ Just by writing it down, you can gift meals to people
for a few weeks.
Hand-delivered with love.
Imagine the menu; what’s on the list?
~ What do you really want to leave behind after you’re gone;
list your legacy dreams.
~ list what makes your breath go all sweet and easy.
~ who are the people you want to forgive,
(even if you don’t want )
the ones for whom anger feels heavy.
How would it feel if the pain were swept away;
list the ways life may feel different.
~ What do you want to be like at 80.
List the things.
~ What are your dreams/hopes/prayers for someone you love.
~ list every wild, brave, fear-defying adventure you’d still like to take.
~ list every time you’ve felt stuck, even trainwrecked, and something shifted.
Hope happened. Wind filled your sails again.
Remember and celebrate.
So list-making is my weird little life hack.
Makes my belly grin peace again
to help my creativity wriggle free.
It’s how I get my groove back
when I’ve gone listless:)
“Astonishing material and revelation appear in our lives all the time.
Let it be. Unto us, so much is given.
We just have to be open for business.”
– Anne Lammot
(Congratulations to artist and blogger Suzanne McRae – I drew your name for the giveaway.
I’m sending some love in the mail.
Offering up another giveaway of a handmade art journal
and some note cards and handwritten love.
This post is more tutorial – a little leap for me. Strange times nudge new ways.
Thanks for reading along; leave a comment and I’ll plunk your name in the hat
with a whole heap of love.