If you happen to read this and you do not know what the Week of Inspiration is: You are dearly invited to participate during the first week of June! Have a look here.
Every beginning is kind of difficult. Something new. Something unexpected. Touching the undiscovered countries of a new process, of a new material, of a new course can be quite unnerving. I would love to have a sign occasionally right before my eyes when my knees get wobbly, my selfconfidence is shattering and I have just a bunch of question marks in my head. Nothing else. The sign would say:
Is it the same for you? This week will be a bit of a surprise for you (and me). So — you are not alone. We are all playing together something new!
That is already my keyword for you today: beginning.
(…) for each beginning bears a special magic that nurtures living and bestows protection.
Beginnings sometimes happen to be planned (as a marriage, a school change, a queue on ravelry, taking a new language course, buying a house). Sometimes they are completely unpredictable and take us by surprise. I remember the first time I was recorded for a video, presenting something to my fellow students. Adrenaline. Pure adrenaline. I loved the moment it was over — and I loved to see how my fellow students reacted and the feedback I got afterwards! The first time I knitted lace. Joy! It was like I had never known that beauty can be hidden in a mess. The first time I touched 100% fine merino. Smooth, shimmering, warm, gentle to the skin.
There are beginnings that let you shudder and there are beginnings that win you over instantly. Something inside of you wakes up. Takes the lead. Makes connections to your past and your present. Your brain cells are playing “Who can jump higher?”.
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Let’s jump higher today. This is my question for you:
Today you will touch many things with your hands and skin. Things that you often touch. Things in your familiar surroundings. But also things at new places perhaps (anyone travelling right now?). Pencils, door knobs, books, clothes, needles, brushes, fences, floors, yarn, grass, shoes, phones, bells, light switches… Hold it for a moment. Just a moment. How does it feel like?
- Is it smooth, raw, hard, soft, titillative?
- Do you like to touch it?
- Does it remind you of something which you really loved to do or to experience?
- Does it mean something very important for you because it happened to be a part of a wondrous beginning? Has it even changed your life?
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Sometimes a stone makes waves. So if this special touch suddenly reminds you of something totally different – go with it. There are no rules which ideas and associations are to be thought about and to keep. NO RULES!
Go hunting in your memories and take notes of anything that comes to your mind during the day (if possible). Collect some things for reminding you of your thoughts. Just take half an hour in the evening and scribble/paint/glue/type it down.
This is a beginning for me and I am totally excited (and nervous)!!! By the way, as I am typing —- the keyboard is a thing of upmost importance for me and my life… Okay. Up into our day.