Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

NaBloPoMo: Day One

I can’t get enough of 30 day blog challenges. Blogtoberfest one year ago was my first, done during what was only my second month of blogging, and it solidified my practice like nothing else could have.

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is another of my favorites, and with a tagline like “Type Your Heart Out,” and a theme of “blogging for blogging’s sake,” I can’t resist.

Today’s prompt is hard for me to answer: “Tell us your favourite quotation and why.” I love quotes, I collect them the same way I do seashells and rocks, some of them I practically memorize having read them so many times. Favorite lines will pop into my head like magic, like medicine, just when I need them most. I love how the right quote takes the truth of your heart, the thing you know deep in your gut but can’t seem to express in words, and manifests it exactly, fully formed and clearly communicated, as if somehow the author were inside your head, had heard your thoughts and felt your feelings, and you read it and say “yes, that’s it, me too, amen.” But there are so many, each one beloved and adored, how can I pick just one?

And yet, there is a favorite. When I really thought about it, let myself get quiet and still, it was clear, there is just one, my favorite.

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. ~Pema Chödrön

I feel like my whole life philosophy, the heart of every practice, my deepest wishes are held, communicated by these words. And sometimes when I read this quote, the last lines make me cry: “But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.” I don’t want to simply memorize these words, I want to become them, embody them.

I’m curious, kind and gentle reader, what’s your favorite quote? Leave it for me in the comments. I’d love some new ones for my collection.

Mindful Writing Day

image from Writing Our Way Home

Today is the first ever Mindful Writing Day. Fiona of Writing Our Way Home describes it this way:

How? Write a small stone by paying proper attention to one thing and writing it down. Know that people all over the world will be doing the same. Post it on your blog or Facebook or put it up on your fridge….

Why? Because writing small stones will stitch you to the world, one word at a time. They will point you towards the deep pink frilly roses in next door’s front garden, and the swooshing sound of trains in the distance. They will help you to fall hopelessly in love with the world.

My small stone for today is:

Writing my morning pages, I realize that silence isn’t quiet in our house. It’s clock ticking, heater whispering, refrigerator growling and popping, neighbor’s dog barking, dog at my feet sighing, thoughts chattering, pen scratching on paper.