Kat McNally’s Reverb13 prompt for today has us thinking about the ways in which we allow ourselves to just go with the flow.
Today’s prompt and image come from marvellous Meredith Shadwill who was my partner-in-crime for August Moon this year and will also be offering Cultivate2014 in January (the perfect follow-on from Reverb, details coming soon!).
Living life on auto-pilot can feel disorienting and dull. How did you cultivate a life worth loving during 2013?
How can you turn off your auto-pilot button in 2014?
Meredith misses that living life on auto-pilot can also feel very comforting and comfortable. We stay in our rut, we don’t make waves, we don’t move because it’s easier not to. Disorienting? Perhaps, although I can’t say that’s what I’ve felt. Dull, yes. Stressful yes. Particularly when you know that you’re not steering in the direction that you are meant to go. Tiring.
I thinking living life in auto-pilot mode is also incredibly seductive. When you don’t have to make any sudden moves or decisions, it’s nice. Or it can be nice. And once you’re in the habit of not making a decision or a change, it’s easy to keep not making a decision or a change. Kinda like when someone asks where you want to eat and you keep saying, “I don’t care.” Maybe you really don’t care, but maybe it’s just easier to not be the one to decide.
I think there are probably a million little ways I’d like to turn off the auto-pilot button in 2014 – not as much time spent mindlessly in front of a screen. Television, phone, computer. In order to do that, I want to spend more time in my journal, behind my camera, and at my sewing machine. I also need to spend more time meditating. I’ve never been much for sitting still, and in the past meditation has driven me a wee bit batty, but this fall, meditation has been a saving grace for me. I look forward to having a seat and letting my mind dart in the directions that it will before bringing it back to me and allowing it to work through whatever it is that is tumbling through my soul.
I’m also planning to work my way through the Desire Map. I spent a little time working with it when I lost my job, but I need to do that work over the break. My intention during my winter break is to complete the workbook and then base my intentions for the year on my Core Desired Feelings. It’s my hope that being clear about what those CDFs are will help be remain in the driver’s sleep, fully alert, aware and in control.