my typical Saturday morning of writing was interrupted this week by my attending an all-day silent meditation retreat yesterday. and, while the anxiety of not knowing how the six hours would unfold almost caused me to skip it, I’m SO incredibly grateful I decided to attend. to spend the day not speaking while alone is a pretty easy task (for me). to do so in the company of 20 others and while eating and performing other tasks that would typically be accompanied by conversation was difficult. but, so rewarding.
there is a beauty is silence. it is not the sheer absence of noise that makes it so, but what happens when there is nothing to interfere with our thoughts. instead of drowning them out with conversations and music and other distractions, we listen. we give our self the attention we long for — that we deserve.
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
~David Whyte, “Where Many Rivers Meet”
week in review
last week’s gratitude: Grace + our friendship
this week’s intention: living in the present
what I’m reading: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own + If Our Bodies Could Talk
read Books for Living
DEN > JAC > DEN (pic 3, 7)
spent time with my bestie + her family in Jackson Hole
attended MBSR class #6
lots of movement + many workouts
more first dates
lunch + catching up with a friend
drinks + catching up with one of my favorite people
productive work week
survived a hellish winter-y commute
lots of reading time on the train (pic 1)
a bit of pampering à la hair appointment (pic 5)
finally saw Hidden Figures
completed MBSR homework + readings
continued progress on big work projects
skype + catching up with my niece
tickets bought for two more Red Rocks shows (is it summer yet?!)
meditation + self-reflection
wrote + posted grasshoppers and ants + week reflection
weekend happenings + intentions
attend all-day silent meditation retreat
celebrate second birthday of my favorite neighborhood brewery
move + spend time outdoors
time with friends
February goals review + reflection / March goal setting
read latest issue of Bella Grace Magazine