Be aware of your space
Do I know my place in the world? Am I aware of the space I occupy? What do I understand by space? I feel in sync with the space around me? What is left over, what is missing? When was the last time I took my time to look around? Can I exercise observation? In what spaces do I transit? How do those spaces make me feel? I live where I want to live? Do I touch the earth? Do I feel physical?
- Do a research about the place you’re living currently: search it in google maps/earth, Why the street have that name?, it was always a place for living? What was before? Who or to whom did it belong? What materials is it built from? What it was before humans take possessions of that place?
- Observe trough your window, when was the last time you take your time to really observe it? What you see? What you feel about what you see?
- Go for a walk around your street or block and take notes (visual or written) about what you see, the people, the plants, the signs, houses-buildings, the noise, the smell, the weather, etc. If an object of the street resonates with you, take it.
- Observe your spaces where you transit: your room, your studio or working place, the living room, etc. What you feel in these spaces? It feels yours? What is left over or what is missing?
- What are you today? Observe yourself and your day, be consciousness about: 1 smell, 1 flavor, 1 texture, 1 color, 1 sound. - Do something with that info: a poem, write a list, make a story, paint something, draw something, take a photo, etc. (repeat anytime you need it).
Tension and tenderness may appear to be opposing forces, but they both find root in the Latin tendere, meaning "to stretch." In French, "to stretch" and "tender" are the same word: "tendre," which can also mean to hold one's hand out.
Both softness and the act of offering gentle attention, and something being pulled, stretched out, becoming taut, speak to reaching out beyond oneself, to an ex-ten-sion.
The key is to keep asking yourself the same question, again and again and again: this is your life - what do you want to pay attention to?
∆ Catherine Price, from How to Break Up with Your Phone
The body is no dumb thing from which we struggle to free ourselves. In proper perspective, it is a rocket ship, a series of atomic cloverleafs, a tangle of neurological and umbilici to other worlds and experiences.
But thriving means, now that the bad times are behind, to put ourselves into occasions of the lush, the nutritive, the light, and there to flourish, to thrive with bushy, shaggy, heavy blossoms and leaves. It is better to name ourselves names that challenge us to grow as free creatures. That is thriving. That is what was meant for us.
Three things differentiate living from the soul versus living from ego only. They are: the ability to sense and learn new ways, the tenacity to ride a rough road, and the patience to learn deep love over time.