I am one month along on my journey with the word Open and I’ve been thinking about it daily and checking in with myself to make sure I am finding ways to be mindful of it’s presence in my life.
Here’s the thing . . . and you probably know this about me if you’ve been around for a while . . . I’m a pretty set person when it comes to my routines, ideas, and approach to life. This attitude works well for me, it keeps me organized and helps me to get things done, both at work and at home. But. What if there are other ways of doing things? What if there are ideas I have dismissed without considering them fully? What if I have closed myself off from things that could improve my life and bring me joy?
In this first month with the word open what I want most is to be open to is new ideas and experiences. One new experience that I mentioned last week is a regular yoga practice. I am truly grateful I opened myself up to that because I have found it to be not only good for my body but also a great way to open my heart and increase my capacity to experience love, compassion, gratitude, and acceptance.
I’m tempted at this point to commit to finding a new experience/practice/craft/etc each month as a way of embracing the word open but I think that would be counterproductive. I think I’d be setting myself up to actually be the opposite of open because instead of truly being free to try something new I’d be pigeonholing myself into searching for something to fulfill a goal. I don’t think searching for something is a bad thing, necessarily, but I also feel strongly that being open means watching and waiting for things to come to me in their own time.
And that’s where I am with open at the end of month one. Thinking a lot about what I want to be open to, thinking a lot about keeping myself flexible to the ideas and opportunities that present themselves to me, and truly embracing the freedom of being open even when it scares the crap out of me.
I’m joining with Honoré today to share my monthly One Little Word journey. If you head over to her blog you can read how others are living with the words as well.