On my recent bike ride on Military Trail I stopped at the Wishing Tree. I stopped because I am practicing bringing an attitude of youthfulness to my experiences and choices. I have past this tree for 3 years now.
I'm attending another Sunday Series with David Whyte, and a microdiscipline for this week is: "Growing younger toward our death." Or, How can we bring a youthfulness to the threshold we stand on now? So, I stopped at the Wishing Tree (picture below). Each day I open up to a more youthful approach to something that arises at my doorstep.
Another microdiscipline is to ask ourselves upon rising: What is the invitation being made to me?" This of course can be brought into any circumstance or conversation.
What is the invitation here? Write about that.
How can I make this winter of COVID and uncertainty more invitational? How can I grow younger into my aging?Mostly I am keeping the questions active in my heart as I write, as I wake, as I move through my day. He points out too that those places that are not invitational or conversational are dangerous, and need to be left behind.
How can you grow younger toward your death? Write about that.
What invitations are here for you? Write about that.
Am I in a place that is not invitational for me? Write about that.
We end our Al Anon meetings with: "Keep coming back, it works if you work it, and you're worth it!" And we are. We are worth it. Keep coming back to the page. Keep coming back to what nourishes you. (Write about that). Express your worth and youth by showing up and coming back to what is meaningful to you.
What is meaningful to you today? Write about that.
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I live in Mount Horeb WI where I walk my 2 dogs through Stewart Park, garden my corner lot, wear a mask in public (and a cape at night), where I wait for spring 9 months of the year. My recent book The Zero Point Agreement is my latest of ten. I do love to write! My up coming book: Clue of the Red Thread: Discovering Fearlessness & Compassion in difficult times comes out this fall, 2020 through Shanti Arts, Nine Rivers Imprint.