Learned in February

Today I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman of Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned in February. Here’s what Emily has to say about the practice:

At the end of every month, we have a regular practice here of looking back before moving forward. While some of the deeper, more in-process things I may keep private for a while, other things are fun to share here. And when you share things you’ve been learning, I always discover lots of fun tips, great new shows, and encouraging thoughts to begin the month.

We’re all at different spots on the journey, and these end of the month posts are a way to reflect, share, and celebrate on purpose.”

– Emily P. Freeman

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Here are a few thing I learned this month, both large and small, serious and silly:

1. After the shiny-newness and spaciousness of January, February can feel like a month of too-much-to-do, made worse by snow storms that come just as you are aching for the warmth and color of spring.

2. Time spent with your best friends (whether its driving a total of 6 hours to spend less than 24 hours of lovely, quality time with your friend before she moves to Denver; or staying up “past your bedtime” to catch up with your friend who you haven’t talked with for too long; or long conversations over dinner) is always time well spent.

3. Despite my complaining about the cold, I have a serious thing for winter skies.

4. This Lenten season, my heart [is] learning surrender, learning to demand less and search more for beauty than answers” (this gem of beautiful writing comes from Micha Boyett‘s book, Found, which I read and loved this month).

5. Along those lines, I’ve been thinking a lot about spirituality and faith recently. I’m learning to see the glory of God around me—in nature, in friendship, in relationships, in my work—and to recognize beauty and mystery with awe and wonder.

6. From Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, another great book I read this month, I’ve learned to articulate important truths about creative work:  “The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” and “the part of us that we imagine needs healing is not the part we create from; that part is fare deeper and stronger.” This second idea is a lesson I’ve been learning for a while now, but fully came to recognize in February, through my yoga practice, as I have confronted pain, worked with it, and made my way through it.

7. Ellie Goulding’s “Love me Like You Do” makes for an excellent impromptu dance/karaoke party.

What have you learned this month?

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  1. Great post! I worked through some SI pain this month in yoga practice (again)…I think it became more mental than anything else toward the end. However, it’s really hard to face deep backbends when you can clearly remember searing pain in your low back the week before! I also really like your quote from “The War of Art”– it’s a nice fit with how I’ve been feeling about graduation because I am certainly plenty scared about internship next year. Hope to see you soon!

    1. Thanks, Julia. Hope the SI issues are resolving… I know it can be frustrating to deal with similar pain over and over. Hope to see you soon (coffee sometime, perhaps?).

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