There are times, late in the evening, when I feel the weighted busy-ness of my day pulling me into the stupor of exhaustion.
Instead of sinking ever deeper, and getting lost in the muck and mire of the many online distractions that casually mask as "winding down",
I settle into the following questions* and slowly feel my body ease into a reflexive space wherein my day is offered back to me, yielding a gift that sweetly guides me towards sleep.....
*excerpted from John O'Donohue's book TO BLESS THE SPACE BETWEEN US.
At the end of the day: a mirror of questions
(note from Jeni: I recommend choosing a few that stand out to you and spending time with each.....and maybe even ask a partner to join you!)
What dreams did I create last night?
Where did my eyes linger today?
Where was I blind?
Where was I hurt without anyone noticing?
What did I learn today?
What did I read?
What new thoughts visited me?
What differences did I notice in those closest to me?
Whom did I neglect?
Where did I neglect myself?
What did I begin today that might endure?
How were my conversations?
What did I do today for the poor and excluded?
Did I remember the dead today?
Where could I have exposed myself to the risk of something different?
Where did I allow myself to receive love?
With whom today did I feel most myself?
What reached me today? How deep did it imprint?
Who saw me today?
What visitations had I from the past and from the future?
What did I avoid today?
From the evidence-- why was I given this day?
May your sleeping and your waking dreams enliven your life.
photo credit: me