Are you cranky today? I am blistering from my core, like lava flows pouring out onto my softness.
The most constructive action to take in moments like this is always, always, ALWAYS creative movement be it going for a run or taking time in a yoga pose or moving your pencil across the page. Here is an image and a prompt. Pluck from it what you will. Move your energy constructively in spite of any quarrelsomeness fussing about you.
5 minutes at a time, #5for5BrainDump style - and be sure to sign up for our next session which begins August 21, when we will collectively be refreshing ourselves for a passionate, purposeful and productive Fall season.
Prompt: Today, I am listening to.......
The past me wrote a poem to the present me and today, I listened.
I took a backdrop which appeared to be written in anger and I’m cradling it. So here we go, beginning now.
I’m listening to opposites today. Beauty and Not beautiful.
The stench of sweetness. The pleasantly bitter. The pleasingly painful.
Where does that land for you, right now, in your body?
Even that question may sound foreign to you and yet, I invite you in to explore. I invite you in to at least open the door slightly and look around.
This morning I looked out my window, an every improving sight of the tree in my neighbor’s yard. It is a flowering crape myrtle with lavender blossoms, one of my favorite colors and although my sometimes cranky neighbors don’t know, one of my favorites.
I watch as a man ambles past my window's view, one of the many drug addicts who frequently called on my neighbor on the other side who has moved away, rather force-ably sort of. I said aloud, though he couldn’t hear it, “He’s gone! Didn’t you hear? He isn’t here anymore.”
The man kept ambling and I kept typing, worlds though not very far apart.
“It’s a take no prisoners sort of day for me over here,” I texted a friend.
All of it, real.
Everything. All of it. Sacred.
The ambling drug addict.
Once neighbors and all their collective travails.
Blessings and gifts others don’t even know they are giving which we receive with quietly upturned lips in gratitude.
Listen closely to what is whispering. Not all shouting is angry. Not all seemingly angry is what it seems.
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Julie Jordan Scott
is the founder and creator of 5For5BrainDump. She has been inspiring artistic rebirth since 1999.