Wishcasting Wednesday (on a Thursday)

What Do You Wish to Savour?

…my mornings. I get up at 4:30 a.m. and for the first hour or two, my only responsibility is to feed the dog. I pull a tarot card, meditate, write, check my email, Facebook, Instagram, maybe read or write a blog post — time just for me, to practice and contemplate.

…time alone with Sam, having just one dog, just him for a brief time.

…my yoga practice, as I continue to direct compassion towards my body, to be present with it, as I prepare to start teacher training.

…my mediation practice, to relax into that vast, open space, to trust that is always there, always available and accessible.

…my writing practice, the opportunity to go deeper, to more fully experience and understand, to open my heart.

…the transition between seasons, summer to fall, even as I chant “it’s too hot” to remember this time is passing, to notice that things are manifesting their final foliage, blooms and fruits.

…the plenty from my garden, this time of so many tomatoes and cucumbers that we can’t possibly eat them all ourselves, the temporary sweetness of their full, fresh flavor.

…the opportunities coming, the chance to spend time with amazing teachers and good friends.

…each task, seen through until its completion, rather than rushing past some of the details to hurry to the next thing.

…the abundance that is my life now, how simple and small, how deep and wide, how perfect.

Like my dear friend Julia wrote in a recent poem, I wish to savour this life, this experience, and to

Slow way down
get close and closer
listen like crazy
to your life

7 thoughts on “Wishcasting Wednesday (on a Thursday)

  1. diskitchennotes

    I get up really early, too, so I can get some time to myself. I’m a morning person while my husband is a night owl. So he gets his quiet time at night, since I tend to go to bed early. It works for us. =)

    Inspired by your recent posts about your new tarot deck, I took the plunge and bought my own today. I really liked the look of the Wild Unknown one; the more traditional ones just didn’t appeal to me for some reason. When I discovered that a local Austin store carried that one, it seemed like a sign that I should go ahead and get it. I’m looking forward to learning more about the cards (I was able to get the guidebook, too) and using them for thinking & writing inspiration.

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      We started getting up early when, and I started taking an early morning yoga class and writing in the morning. It started out of necessity, but now I love it. When we walk, we see things you’d never see if you waited until later, and I’ve already accomplished so much by 9 am!

      I’m so excited for you and your new deck! And I totally get what you mean about the more traditional, or even sometimes the more obscure sets just not being right, and when I saw this one, I felt a big “yes!” You were smart to get the guidebook. I can’t imagine not having it, having her specific descriptions.

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  2. Frances D

    I am doing my morning pages again, well I also do afternoon and night pages lol, and it’s helping a lot. I recently slowed my life pace, and it’s been challenging. When you are used to going at warp speed it’s weird to slow down.

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  3. Alane

    i used to be an earlier riser & i miss it. i’m just curious, what time do you go to bed? any tips or suggestions to help me be an early riser again? xo alane

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Alane, I try to be in bed by at least 8-8:30 pm, but sometimes I’m not asleep until 9 pm, and other times I get in as early as 7:00 and am asleep at 7:30! My “trick” was to get dogs that were hungry and ready to go early, so they would wake me up 🙂 But you know what? The one we have now wakes me up, I feed him, and then he gets back in bed!

      I think the most important thing is to get up how ever early you want to, get up with some sort of alarm and don’t let yourself out of it, get up no matter how tired you are and then go to sleep whenever you feel tired at night. It will be hard to go to bed earlier at first, but eventually, because you are making yourself get up earlier no matter what, you are tired and falling asleep earlier. Expect the first few weeks to be rough as your body adjusts. I think something as simple as going to bed an hour earlier, reading to relax and fall asleep is a good start. Also, exercise is key — getting in a good walk in the morning will wake you up, and getting enough exercise during the day that your body is tired, your mind calm, will help you fall asleep at night.

      That being said, I think that we all have a natural rhythm, and some of us just are better off getting up earlier, but if you are forcing it, going against your nature, it won’t work, won’t feel good. The trick is finding what your natural rhythm is, when you would naturally wake up and go to sleep. Good luck!

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