Your one wild and precious life

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I’m just back from Serenity Retreat in Greece, where my workshop on Living your best life took on a life of its own as we found ourselves exploring what brings us alive, what deadens us (and what a powerful concept THAT is), and all the oh-so-familiar ways in which we may keep ourselves stuck in a sort of semi-alive state: fear, having to Be Good, believing we’re not good enough, busyness, and on and on.

One of the joys of this kind of holiday is that it breaks the habit. Away from the ways of thinking and being that most of us adopt to help us function in and cope with day-to-day life, the possibility that things might be different seemed as limitless as the horizon, gazing out to where sea and hills and clouds merged.

The trick is bringing that sense of freedom and potential back into the life of the other 358 days of the year, finding an answer to poet Mary Oliver’s huge question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

One way is perhaps by making a new habit of asking ourselves a few simple questions from time to time:

Who are the people who bring me alive?

What are the places that bring me alive?

What are the occupations or pastimes that bring me alive?

And finally, what do I love?

...And then, of course, making sure they are at least a part of your Every Day.

You’ll find more musings on Serenity Retreat, life, the sea, and everything, in this moving post - and poem - by @exmoorjane

Posted by Jane Matthews on 05/31 at 08:50 AM
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