As I have mentioned -- somewhere, buried in the midst of a gargantuan post! -- the word that chose me as a travelling companion for 2013 is "ease". I've been enjoying using different tools to tease out as many different nuances and possibilities from this word as I can... a process that I intend to gently make my way through as January unfolds.
Last year, I experienced the magic of the vision board process for the first time and, I have to say, it was pretty powerful. So when I saw that Jamie Ridler was offering a short, sweet, self-paced Vision Card workshop, I couldn't resist the opportunity to rediscover the magic. And it was every bit as marvellous, and rewarding, as I'd hoped.
The words that chose me through the process of Jamie's guided meditation were: home, writing, family and love. It was then my task to make a card (I chose A4 canvas board, can't get enough of it at the moment) for each word.
I was a bit baffled by the last word -- especially as I was only seeking three and "love" seemed to me so bound up in the other three words -- but it insisted... and it ended up being the most fun! And probably the most powerful, as the celebration of all things self-love and self-care really came shining through.
I was interested to see such a strong aesthetic across all four too. I hadn't quite expected that.
But here, with these vision boards of my fast furious creation, I see so clearly that I am manifesting:
in my home: a refreshed perspective, the energy to start specific projects, a sense of simplicity and closeness and harmony and savouring;
in my creative life: the focus to finish my novel, the courage to progress specific projects, commitment to carving out time for my art;
in my family: savouring the process and results of shopping for and cooking delicious meals together, hugs in abundance, a spacious routine, a new baby! (Update: Bless you all! I am not actually pregnant... but I do hope I will be, some time this year. Hence the vision board.)
in love: a real sense of nourishing my self with all the things I love, including food and exercise choices that are honouring, carving out time to honour my creative passions (including room for mystery and spirit).
I really couldn't recommend this process highly enough. I described my approach as "fast and furious" because that's exactly what it was: I just tore and snipped and splashed around with glue, without care, judgement or pause for thought. That fox spirit was invited out to play, and play she did, with reckless abandon. And once she'd finished, I was delighted with what I saw.
I can't wait to see how these visions journey with me, in this year of ease.