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3.25.2013

Quote of the Week: Heartbeat


So, I think it's safe to say that I'm in the throws of Spring Fever and I'm totally ok with that. If only there was a way that I could bottle this feeling and save it for those colder months and darker days.

I've been taking full advantage of the longer days and warmer temps in these past few weeks. I've incorporated more walks, more visits to gardens, and am even sitting on my front patio as I type this. I finally decided to clean off the pretty tiled table Husband Charles had purchased while he was a bachelor. This table that I had banished to the front patio to slowly get covered in a thick sheet of pollen & dirt and to be the pedestal for our potted cacti.

About 10 sopping wet paper towels later and the table is now the perfect spot for me to write a blog post, sip a cool beverage or philosophize on life (or all three, which is the case at this very moment.) This brings me to this week's quote.

My dear friend, Jeremy, talented musician, urban philosopher, and provider of lattes & cookies, introduced me to this series from the 80's called "The Power of Myth"...after watching one episode last week, I've been pondering my life. (Surprise. I feel like I'm doing this constantly...but hear me out.)

It was the 4th episode and Joseph Campbell mentions feeling rapture...following your bliss. At that moment, like a series of rapid-fire shots, I sat there on the couch and started to recount my entire life and when, during these 31 years, I felt rapture...where I felt like I truly was following my bliss.

Well, you can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized there wasn't nearly as much bliss & rapture as one would hope, but at least I did get plenty of glimmers as well as one looooong stretch that lasted 30 days when I went cross-country, camping and covering as many national parks as I could. 30 days of admiring the beauty of nature, recording it as part of a photography duo. Waking up with the sun and falling asleep after long days of travel, hiking, and documenting breathtaking sights all over the country. (A book came out of that...here's the preview.)

That was over 5 years ago and though I still feel rapturous moments from time to time, I'm feeling like I could use some more rapture. The spring seems to be helping me get back on track with that and the additional forays into nature are also a great help, but I think I need to revisit my New Years resolution list to see where I could be putting forth more energy...and, in turn, maybe uncovering where my bliss lies.

Listen, I know I'm a lucky woman. I have a great life and have little to complain about. I'm not ungrateful in the least, but I guess I'm just trying to get my heartbeat to match the beat of the universe. I think that's fair.

Hope you & the universe are in synch and you're enjoying spring! Have a wonderful week, everyone! xo!

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