What does is mean to be rooted?
My initial thought on this question went to the core of me. What are my morals and values? I believe that I grow from those. My family is at the base of my tree. My other roots include my community of friends and the community I live in, generosity, living in the moment, love, empathy, and compassion. Then I started pondering on the fact that roots depend upon the soil that they are in for growth. I am able to continue to grow and strengthen my roots because of all of the things that help nourish me. My friends and family are supporters of who I am, as are my community. Thus, in my picture journal for today, I added the soil around me that I must have in order to maintain my roots and to allow my “tree” to be strong and flourish.
Where in life do I go gently? I go gently while teaching. It is so very hard not to force my ideas or to get the kids to do what I want them to do. How do you not understand multiplication? Why don’t you read the directions prior to starting an activity? I don’t understand how you do not know how to spell that? All of these are things that I would love to say aloud but I know that these are the times that I must go gently. Forcing and not understanding will not allow for growth and learning. A gentle demeanor is necessary to make progress.
I also used to go gently a lot when working. First you must always go in gently when working with a patient. You must gain trust prior to pushing a patient or getting them to try to new activities.
6 Days of Journaling. I am almost one week in. This week the quote is about striving for perfection and how sometimes perfection is not necessary. I definitely used to be a perfectionist in may ways. I had a tough time saying “no” to things and I wanted to do it all. I found that I cannot do everything if I want to do it well, let alone perfect. I keep finding that it is important to give what you can in your own unique way. I can not keep the house immaculate, but I can keep it clean. I cannot cook every meal, but overall, we will be healthy. I cannot change the world on my own, but I can be an example to my children and to others in the small ways that I can.
On my picture today, I chose to write out the lyrics to a few of my favorite tunes. The first board on the fence is “Somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world,” by Isral Kamakawiwo’ole. The second post is “Imagine” by John Lennon. The final board is “The Promise,” by Tracy Chapman.
Wow. Day 5 is a whopper. What is your purpose? What do want to give your whole heart and soul to?
I am not even sure where to begin. I love helping others and knowing that I am a small part in something bigger than I can ever imagine. I think that I am here to do all that I can do using my talents to better myself in order to help others to the best of my ability. My favorite quote is by Maya Angelo. It is, “The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving-with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.” I love this quote because it speaks to my inner voice. I do want to be here to just survive. I want to thrive. I want to love life and I want others to love life.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”Kurt Vonnegut
Today’s Journal Prompts: (do one, some, all, or none, as you wish)
The art that I want to practice is…yoga.
It makes my soul grow by…helping me be in the moment and to see the world in a nonjudgmental way.
What gets in the way of doing it is…me. I do not take the time to do it more often. Meditation can happen anywhere and anytime. I need to take a few moments each day to sit and be mindful of my breath.
“Cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.” Confucius
(Journal Prompt) If I tended the roots of my experience right now, then…
I would be a better wife, mother, teacher and friend. I have spent the past three years focusing on my children. They needed me. Now, they are doing well. They are happy and healthy. It is now time for me to look at myself and get back on track. I have let myself go. I speak of being healthy and happy when I do not practice this advice. I am now walking daily, practicing yoga at least once a week, meditating almost daily and journaling. Hopefully, I will continue taking steps toward getting back to my healthy, happy self.
If I committed to tending the roots of my experience by journalling for 30 days, then…
The quote for day of the Root:30 Days of Journaling is below.
I had to read through this one a couple of times and meditate on it. Then it hit me like a rock. Recently, my husband and I had a bump in the road. I think the bump was actually a bump that plateaued for a few years. I am not going to dwell on the past but it took both of us committing to our relationship before we could move forward. Over the past few years, we have spoken of change and of our desires for a better relationship but neither of us made a total commitment until recently. Hopefully, now we will follow this quote and find things in our relationship that we would never have dreamt about.