The year is speeding up, and I am trying to slow down. I love to cut paper: little words from vintage books, images from magazines and shapes of all sorts from my stash of scrapbooking paper. For the past couple of weeks, I have been mindfully sitting in my chair at odd times during the day and cutting out intricate paper feathers. It has become a meditation of sorts that has served me well. They are just complicated enough to clear my mind and focus my thoughts. I am planning to use them for our gratitude tree at Thanksgiving.
I have also been cutting out cardboard horses. Last year, I made an intention to ride a horse. I couldn’t really tell you why; I have never ridden a horse before in my life. But it kept coming up for me, so I wrote it down in my journal to get it out of my head. I had honestly forgotten about it until this Saturday, when an invitation arrived in my inbox that made my whole body shout “Yes!” My spiritual director is offering a retreat in Wyoming with horses. It feels big and scary and far and absolutely beyond my comfort zone. I don’t know what it all means, but I am making myself sit with it. Cutting the cardboard horses helps. (I’ve made five in 24 hours . . . that’s a lot of thinking . . . )
My posting schedule for the rest of the year will not be as regular as usual. Starting this week, I will be participating in the 2013 Holiday Blog Hop, and I am excited about sharing some posts from other bloggers. I will continue to post Habit: Reflective Friday and Sunday Selections every week, but I can’t guarantee much else. As far as school goes, we will be doing formal main lessons up through the week of Thanksgiving. The first couple of weeks in December will be reserved for completing unfinished work and projects from our first semester blocks. After that, we have a couple of birthdays, Advent and Christmas to celebrate. See how the year is speeding up? Time to go sit and cut some more horses.