Today the Hibernate workshop begins and our project is to create a winter to-do list (I won't tell you too much about the class, proprietary as it is, but I think I can post my list.) I thought of a SARK poster, How to be an Artist, that I've had for years, and a new poster created by Miranda Altshuler of Karen Maezen Miller's 10 Tips for a Mindful Home. Heather herself made a list and now I've made mine.
I doodled it a bit with the supplies Sis and Bud gave me for Christmas, to reflect on it, sit with it. This is what I mean:
- Create something--crochet, a meal, a blog post, a doodle
- Learn something--practice piano, ASL, juggle, read a book or the papers (selectively)
- Connect with someone--in person, on the phone, even electronically
- Show some love--hug my kids, kiss my wife, pet my cats
- Help--a neighbor, community, my hospice work, Girl Scout troop, historic house
- Move--as simple as walking around, or more intentional like the treadmill or swimming
- Meditate--30 minutes, especially listening to Sharon Salzberg cds, or doodling
- Continue a work-in-progress--could be housework, an organizational project, whatever
- Rest and relax--not just sleep at night, but play games, watch movies, what's that Danish word, "hygge?"
- Listen--with compassion and respect and gratitude.
It's a good list, one I've tweaked since writing the original a few years ago, written during another of Heather's workshops (but not, if I recall, as part of it.) Of course, I rarely get to all of it, but it's a good reminder of what keeps me balanced and, consequently, helps keep our family balanced.