Hello and welcome!
Travelling can be lonely and scary (when there's time?!) and so it's lovely for me to have your company. There's a box on the right where you can stay in touch easily. Enter your email address and automatically receive all new posts (weekly at most).
These pages record some of my experiences and personal insights as I travel North America and Canada over the next year or two - although most of what I write just isn't 'ready' to post and it's tricky (for me) to write often. I've waited my whole life to be able to do something 'totally irresponsible' like this. (Now... Where did I learn that?!)
I want to link what I learn - past and present experiences and character traits - as I get to know myself better. I'm looking forward to re-discovering long-forgotten parts of me that have been buried deep. Perhaps this might your own musings and re-connection? When I was busy raising kids, working, doing laundry etc, it was very easy for 'life' to slip by unnoticed?
In any case, all this musing will rip my - and your - 'six-pack' of emotional muscles?!
There is a wonderful invitation in the Bahai'i writings that invites children to go over their day, every day, before sleeping. What a beautiful opportunity to slow the world down and focus clearly on ourself for a moment, that we might consciously see, feel and debrief our experiences. What an opportunity to 'sit with' our day and reconnect with ourselves. As a child of God this includes me, whatever my age, race or religion.
Some of my own most valuable lessons come in moments when I feel in safe emotionally. Sometimes I can let 'protective numbness' to slip away. It's also interesting when I notice actions in others that I don't particularly like and see that they are often things I do myself. Do I want to change these?
It's exciting for me to pay forward my experiences. Sometimes reading someone else's words has a similar effect to putting a drop of oil on the cogs in my own memory and I would like to do that for others. I look forward to being able to sit back and re-live some of my own memories... This is the digitization of my, one, human experience.
As a good friend of mine said today "enjoy life as you see it" - reminding me that everyone perceives things through the veil of his own experience. Journalling is a fabulous tool and I hope writing will allow me to debrief, nudge your thoughts into consciousness and make better sense of my own life.
I look forward to 'seeing' you through reading your feedback and comments.
With love and wishing you a beautiful day, Julie