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the joy of wanting everything

There are so many things I want to do. I have lists everywhere. They order my desires and organize my thoughts. I begin with inspiration- I want to paint/draw/take some photos/journal/do yoga/meditate/go for a walk or a bike ride/watch a movie with my children. But I don't want to be busy. Feeling busy and overwhelmed takes the joy out of everything. Yet the boundary between inspiration and overwhelm is imperceptible to me and I don't see it until I've crossed it. When I'm overwhelmed, I'm sure I have too many projects going. When I am inspired, my heart shouts "yes!" at everything....

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the joy of purposelessness

I spent this weekend with my best friend and general life co-conspirator. On a whim, we packed up a laundry basket full of art supplies and a bottle of champagne and headed off to a nearby spiritual retreat center. We began the weekend by making a mess. And then we made some art. [caption id="attachment_404" align="aligncenter" width="640"][/caption] And then we had a two-person dance party to end the night. We laughed. We were ridiculously goofy. We took forever to fall asleep because we couldn’t stop giggling. I came home feeling inspired, energized, and happy. And also committed to doing this...

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listening to the heart’s whispers

So this is my year of radical trust. I've been thinking a lot about what this means to me, especially as I've been working on the piece above. Specifically, I've been thinking about how trust and the idea of listening to my heart go together. I probably think about the heart more than the average person (but a lot less than like a heart surgeon or something.) I am a practitioner of HeartMath, a heart-centered meditation style that incorporates heart-rhythm biofeedback. The Institute of HeartMath has collected a lot of fascinating research on the role of the heart as...

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