Daily practices – gratitude

I have always tried to have daily practices/rituals in my life. A consistent daily ritual has been my morning coffee. Daily yoga, tarot, magick meditation/journey work, morning pages (inspired by the book, The Artists Way), watering my garden, all tools to connect me to myself, to the world around me, tools to ground me into all that exists.

For a while now I have been engaging in a daily practice of gratitude. Listing 5+ things I am grateful for every morning. If I read back over my lists; coffee, yoga, podcasts, my fam and my lover all feature very strongly.

I am *heart beating out of my chest* grateful for the amazing human adrienne maree brown, whose podcast How to Survive the End of the World, and book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds has my brain exploding with excitement for life and engaging in the world in really wonderful ways.

I was recently 11 pages into Emergent Strategy and had this lightbulb moment. A daily practice of gratitude is great for me as an individual. It gives me a moment to reflect on all that I have in my life and gives me reasons to hang onto hope and excitement for my day to day, my existence. It grounds me in a moment. It centers me. I feel better. I smile more. I complain less. Though I find it really insular. It is about me. And while I find that helpful… I also want to feel more connected externally. I want that appreciation to be actively engaged. I want to share back. I want to love.

So I have started a daily love practice. Replaced the word gratitude for the word love.

I am grateful for the amazing podcasts I listen to, they make me feel connected to a larger world of movement. I love the amazing podcasts I listen to, they inspire me to engage in the world in new and exciting ways and I want them to continue, so when I have a stable income I will become a sustaining member and donate.

Maybe I could still actively engage in loving ways using the word gratitude, but I want to practice love more openly and be responsive to those beings/things/moments I love.

I was interviewed by the Babyfacedassassin!!!

When I speak about my passions around positively changing individual and social trajectories, I use the term trajectories to speak of people’s paths, the road they travel along in the journey of life. Encompassing all that moves, ebbs and flows. Lifestyle, career, motivations, relationships, desires, families. Those webs and cycling wheels that keep us together and moving. With my background in social services and psychology my strongest passions lay in the trajectories of individual, community and society’s mental health and wellbeing.

Recently I was interviewed by the whole heartedly beautiful woman, mental health activist, author and life model, TheBabyFacedAssassin. She is a breath of fresh air and one of those people that appear in your life and that “ahhh yeah” moment appears and you realise you’re going in the right direction, you find mutual support and understanding and you get each other. I love Charlotte’s blog, I get sucked right into all the gritty material, all the wordcraft and wonderment. She is a woman of my heart, and a massive inspiration to me and my journey.

We spoke about why I have left Facebook, uncomfortable emotions, the importance of experience and the use of poetry and spoken word performance for self and others. To check out the interview, click here.

It’s the first time I have been interviewed deeply around my writing. And it was an amazing and inspiring process. We interviewed over Skype, so I had not a lot of time to deliberate and ‘prepare’ my responses, some thing as a writer I spend a lot of time doing. But this allowed me to just flow. Reading over what I had spoken was amazing. I cried. I was moved, and I can’t really pin point what moved me. Was it seeing words that had left my mouth crafted across a page? Was it The Babyfacedassassin’s way of structuring and the kind words she spoke about me? Was it, as I talk in the interview, the process of taking what is inside, outside, and processing it objectively?

What ever it was, was inspiring. And provided me with the opportunity to really look at why I write, why I am inspired by people, why I am passionate about narrative and creating poetry, why I love those around me, and myself, with unconditional positive regard.

As individuals, communities and society, our mental health and wellbeing is at the crux of our existence and I will always aim to nurture positivity in experience and depth of feeling.

Thank you Charlotte Claire, you inspire!!