This week, I attended a quarterly “refresh” session for a mom’s group that I’ve been part of for more than two years. During the course of the evening, we did some journal exercises meant to help us set an intention for the rest of the winter. I found myself in a foreign position—I didn’t know what I wanted or needed. There are several areas of my life that I’d like to focus on, but I simply don’t have the time to make major changes right now.
As I reported a few weeks ago, I don’t have any resolutions for 2012. I have a list of things I’d like to do or experience—most of them fun and relaxing. So as I tried to set an intention for the winter season, the words “peace” and “pace” kept coming back to me. While I usually charge full-steam ahead like I’ve got ants in my pants, that just doesn’t feel important right now. I am remarkably sleep-deprived, and yet I am, for the most part, enjoying the ride that life is delivering these days. Piles of dirty diapers, gummy baby grins, and whispered bedtime stories. Weather-defying exercise followed by the heartiest of comfort foods.
So my intention for the winter? To let things percolate. Sure, I have goals brewing at the edges of my consciousness. Yes, at some point I will step up and start going after them. But right now, what seems important is to give myself time to let those dreams develop at their own pace, to let them seep slowly and become more delicious over time.
At the mom’s group, we were asked to choose an “anchor” to help us focus on our intention. Mine? A beautiful handmade mug that was given to me long ago by one of the most loving, patient women I’ve ever known. Whenever I am feeling anxious, frustrated, or not good enough, I am going to toss in a tea bag or load up a pile of marshmallows on a sea of cocoa. For me, this winter season is about letting things be, letting things come in their own time. Letting ideas percolate until my intuition says, “yes.”
I Want to Know
What are you letting percolate these days?
Do you have a physical object that you use as an anchor of sorts?