Day 56: Love Hearts
I never know what is going to surprise me on any given day. In fact many days I don’t expect anything to surprise me and I can find myself part way through the day experiencing a knot of anxiety in my gut as I realise that I have made a commitment each and every day for 100 days to be open to awe. On this journey I have become aware that my default position is not one of open receiving but rather of focused survival. When my attention is locked in on the minutae of getting through the day awesome passes on by. I see myself then like one of those comedic movie characters engrossed with grappling with some inconsequential knot while all of life’s pleasures, serendipities and synchronicities sail on by in the background.
The beauty of this project is that it reminds me to stop and observe what is going on; I recognise the anxiety, I can observe myself as the observer and I can choose to suspend my need to know and to breathe. In those moments there is space for the gasp of surprise like when I opened a long forgotten sketch book and saw this page of crayoned love hearts dancing in the fluid swirls of dawdling drawing. It is naive and simple, unstructured and free, it made me smile and the innocence of it filled my consciousness.
I am reminded of the food I have prepared for a friend who has just had a new baby. I am excited about my expedition to the burbs of Isleworth to see them, their new home and the new addition to their family. And I am reminded of my meeting later with my friend Sheila*, Sheila who has opened me up to vibrancy of raw food and foraging without any of the dogma or drama, Sheila who loves life and all of what it has to offer; whether it be a smokey nip of whiskey or a raw kale salad. My focus goes to the end result of honouring the arrival Amy and Sheila’s recent big birthday. Time to get my ass into gear and the show on the road to step into the adventure of life right now.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business. She is the creator of FindYourMojo iPHone app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me. I support clients all over the world.