Daily practice/ritual of love

Join me for 30 days of love!

A daily gratitude practice that goes beyond just reflecting on the people, things, moments in your life you are grateful for, and extends into a ritual of love as action.

On and off for the past few years I have engaged in some kind of daily gratitude practice. Generally listing off 5 or so things I am grateful for in my life. Any thing from a person who I love, a person whose work inspires me, an element of myself, my other daily rituals, my favourite food, anything really – anything that adds value to my life and I feel I should acknowledge.

I have decided to take my gratitude further. Step up a little more! Live out my ethics, my values, my beliefs a little stronger.

And I would like you to join me.

Every day, for the month of June, make space and set an intent to spread our actions of love. Choose one of the things we are grateful for, set aside some time to write and reflect on it; what impact this thing/person/moment has on your life? how you engage with it? what you offer it in return? how you actively love it? whether you need to increase your love action for it? or whether you need to pass it or an element of it on to someone/thing else, lovely? (you can see an example of how I have written about this previously in my last blog post)

And then engage, or make a solid plan to engage, in that action of love.

Share what you feel comfortable of this process on a social media platform of your choice (at this stage I will be using Instagram, @dustforthedancers), use the #dailyritualsoflove

One of the reasons I want to share this on social media, is as a way to hold me accountable. I am trying to encourage myself to form a better relationship with social media, and one of the ways I am doing this is through how I use it as a tool in my every day life – one of the tools is accountability (but that is another story to share).

As I mentioned in my last post, Daily practices – gratitude, I owe much gratitude and love to, adrienne maree brown, whose writing and work set off a light bulb moment around deepening my gratitude practice.

A little empathetic reflection #1

I’ve done a lot of reflecting on what has supported the growth of my empathy, the tools I’ve used over the years to support a greater cultivation of empathetic engagement. I could write a thesis on my own reflections alone. One of the things that stand out strongly for me – in this moment at least – is a comfort in stillness and observation. Just watching and taking in the people and interactions that surround me. Just watching, letting my eyes rest on moments. Not holding the moments for deliberation, just letting my eyes softly stop and rest on the sight. – Jessie Giles

Brene Brown – The Power of Empathy

Sorry for the small hiatus, not a lot has been happening, but I was in much need of some down time and as little brain stimulation and usage as possible… But alas I am returning to full steam ahead, with my brain ticking in all directions and fingers ready to tip tap away on my beautiful computer keyboard, which is slowly warming under my touch.

2014 baby, let the year begin!

Today, my mother, sent me this awesome and beautifully crafted RSA Animate by Brene Brown, who is probably one of my favourite speaker, researcher and all round awesome societal guru of all time. I am so inspired by her, that after 12 years of umm-ing and argh-ing about academia, I am actually considering things like Masters and PhDs, just so I have an excuse to read, research and explore the nitty gritty of empathy.

Any way, the RSA Animate… its on, yep you guessed it, EMPATHY!! It is so short and sweet and looks at the difference between sympathy and empathy… WATCH IT!!

Much love and RSA addiction,