Inspiration and Tending the Foundations

One of my biggest creative inspirations is my rich inner life, my personal connection with the Divine. In service to that, I can be kind of a spiritual growth junkie! This week, as I work back into my writing groove after a family crisis, I’ve been inspired to delve further into some of my recent favorite tools.

Exploring and expanding my spirituality helps me to tend the foundations that underlie my creative life. I’ve been having so much fun! This afternoon I got to spend some time in the hammock with my books, journal, and highlighters. The sunshine, the warm breeze, the pines swaying above me…what a soul-nourishing afternoon!

Here are the tools I’ve been enjoying of late:

personalgrowthtools“Morning” pages, affirmations, and gratitude. This is my regular daily journal practice. “Morning” is in quotes because I don’t always get to it first thing in the day. I write 3 pages, stream of consciousness style, then a fourth page that lists 3 affirmations for the day and 10 things I’m thankful for in that moment. This is my most basic spiritual practice.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte. I’m reading it for the first time, and I’m almost to the second half, which is the workshoppy part. Exciting! I’m learning so much.

The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters by Sarah Susanka. I started this book last year and then I came to an exercise that was like a huge mental block for me, so I put it down. I was just inspired to pick it up again, and this time flowed through the exercise with enthusiasm. I guess the timing just had to be right.

The 2015 Create Your Shining Year in Life and Biz Workbook by Leonie Dawson. Although we’re nearly halfway through the calendar year, I just finally finished this workbook. In another cool bit of synchronicity, the author just created a new Facebook group for those who use the planner – and I’m far from alone in taking my time with it. I’ve already learned some cool tips on how to work with my goals as the year progresses, too. Fantastic!

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks (and Abraham). I read this a long time ago, but I’ve been using it recently while teaching a class on the Law of Attraction (LOA) to some of the parents at our homeschool co-op. It contains a huge toolbox of LOA processes, and I’ve started incorporating more of them into my life, which feels terrific.

So that’s how I’ve been spending much of my writing and study time this week. I’ve also written a couple of blog posts for Starcat’s Corner, finished writing a book review for the Facing North website, and planned ahead for some upcoming blog posts. We moved a ton of stuff out of our basement, to donate to a yard sale fundraiser, and did some cleaning down there, which feels good. Yay for decluttering! BlackLion and I have been focusing on our upcoming online course, too. I got two walks during the latter part of this week, so that helps with getting back to more exercise and movement.

The upcoming week will be busy with family stuff, but I do hope to sneak in some writing, and of course more reading and studying.

I hope your week goes well!

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