This week I return to my Musings Journal and the Virtues Card that I picked was, Contentment. When I shuffle the cards, I ask the questions, "What message do I need to hear?" and "What virtue will guide me?" I've been feeling restless lately and impatient in some areas in my life. It was a perfect pick for contentment to show up.
I wanted to fill these pages with images that convey that feeling of being grounded, peaceful, relaxed. On this spread, I filled the little journaling squares with collages. Each one is simply two images: a background and a person. The one on the right shows a woman in a fog facing the sun. Can you feel the warmth of the sun soaking into her face and chest? I often feel like I'm in a fog and I remind myself in these restless times to take the next visible step.
[Heads up: My next webinar in the VIP Lounge is on creating collages. Interested? Swing by here for the details.]
"Free from the pull of greed and longing."
There are things that I want in my life that I'm working towards. What I like about this quote is the emphasis on not being pulled by greed or longing. I admit that I'll get sucked into that longing feeling. I'll see others with what I'm striving for on Facebook and I have to catch myself not to get caught up in the comparison trap. Does that happen to you?
Over the years I have worked on my beliefs around having and being enough. I do cherish the simple things including friendships, a good laugh (I get these daily at work thanks to my work wife), and beauty in nature. The simple things definitely bring me joy. I have so much to feel grateful for and I'm proud of all that I've accomplished and learned and experienced.
Having a peaceful heart as I press on in my pursuits is my #1 takeaway with this week's journal time.
On my birthday, my husband and I went over to my favorite place where I soothed my restless, weary spirit. As I soaked in the water, I felt all of the tension, worry, and longing melt away. My body softened as it moved with the gentle waves. I was really lucky to have this section of the coastline to myself along with some ducks (see them behind me) and a seagull. I love this photo that my husband took. He captured this special moment. When winter strikes whether it is the weather outside or the winter of my heart (those dark, restless moments), I'll turn to this page in my journal to reconnect with my peaceful heart.
My journal is a place to capture memories, reflect on what's important to me, and to explore my creativity.
It's fun sharing this journey with you. I hope it inspires you to get creative and contemplative.