“Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live unreflectively and begins to devote himself to his life with reverence in order to raise it to its true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will.” (Albert Schweitzer)
I am (for better and worse) one of the most obsessivley reflective people I know. I have lived a minimalist lifestyle and worked part-time so that I could dedicate many hours each week to the deeply introspective and reflective journal writing that is the foundation for all my other educational and creative endeavors. For me, it has always been quality before quantity and meaning before motion.
Immersed in the demands of personal and professional life, I sometimes neglect this opportunity for wider awareness, deeper understanding, and purpose-filled bliss. This distraction from my my spirit-filled writing practice is not wise or wonder-filled.
Although 2014 has treated me wonderfully so far and many of the tasks that have kept me busy have (suitably but oh so irononically) included research and writing on the topic of reflective thinking, writing and reading, I have actually shortchanged myself of my most value-filled activity.
My daily “morning pages”–a practice adopted some fifteen or twenty years ago thanks to Julia Cameron’s inspirational The Artist’s Way–have been essential but perfunctory. While they have definitely warmed me up for each wonder-filled day ahead, they have not been the deepest source of affirmation, mantra-enfused meditation, prayer, and visualization that they usually are. This is just part of the ebb and flow of life and underscores the importance of daily discipline.
Like a hockey player set to score, a skier swishing down a mountain, a quilter relishing every rhythmic stitch, or a chef in the full flow of culinary creativity, I am content to break free by moving my pen across the page in the most liberating and life-affirming ways. Creative writing, reflective thinking, and sentimental feeling call. . . and I could not be more content!
This, as always, is my wish for you all of you!