The idea for Intentional Gatherings, finding inspiration-on-demand during photo sessions, and seeing beauty in the everyday all come from something far bigger than myself. I think that’s why I love Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way so much – because in it, creativity is viewed as a spiritual experience. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the Creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
Freedom from addiction, also bigger than me. Despite the fact I could go days without food, willpower alone was not enough to end my eating disorder. The best self-help books, recovery programs, and doctors were not enough. To fix what was broken required trusting a Power greater than myself.
Living for others, making a mark, and leaving a lasting legacy – far bigger than me as well. My natural scope is limited to close family and friends. It wasn’t until pursuing the Power greater than myself that my eyes were opened to a story much bigger than my own.
Living with intention requires a shift in perspective somewhat like using wide angle lens. It means opening our heads/hearts to something MORE. I am talking spiritual exploration – addressing that all-too-often-buried section of the plate referenced in THIS post. To begin the process, work through the following as part of your homework this week:
1. How would you define yourself – who are you? What do you value most?
2. Do you live each day consistent with your values, principles, and beliefs?
3. How often do you ask yourself whether you are fulfilling your life’s purpose? Do you have any inklings as to what is your life’s purpose?
4. Do you allow yourself to be challenged by another person’s worldview, seeking to reconcile differences or do you outright reject any thoughts/views that differ from your own?
5. What was the attitude of your family of origin regarding spirituality/faith? How did you see that play out in your home?
6. As a child, were questions encouraged or discouraged? Were other viewpoints welcomed in conversation? How do you think this plays out in your life today?
7. Take a look back through your life. Do any patterns emerge?
8. If you are feeling locked into a spiritual rut, work some quiet time into your schedule this week someplace new: a bench in an unfamiliar park, lunch alone in a peaceful setting, grab coffee from that cute shop you keep meaning to visit, go for a walk at sunrise/sunset, or ride your bike on one of our state’s lovely trails. Weaving a little adventure into everyday life will leave you feeling renewed.