Week 2, Secret 2: Honoring Your Inspirations
Right before reading this chapter, I took down the Christmas tree. We were going to leave it up until Chinese New Year, January 26th but I felt the time had come yesterday.
After I took it down and reorganized everything, lovingly packing away the ornaments for next year, I rearranged some furniture.
I rented a great movie this week. "Because I Said So." I watched it 4 times just to see the apartment that one of the girls lived in.
I didn't want to copy the apartment but it had the same feel that I always crave in my space.
While studying it, I noticed that she had an old olive green colored stove. BUT she had orange walls surrounding it which made it seem hip and wonderful.
It was then that I was inspired to take what I had and make our space cozy and sacred.
If the set designers for that movie could do that with a 70s stove, surely I had enough creativity to work with what I have.
I have some green silk curtains that I bought for $2.00 a pair at the thrift store. (I bought the exact same curtains, same brand, same packaging, at TJMaxx for $16 last summer and thought I got a deal lol)
I took both curtains and layered them over a round table. (the one I pulled from the neighbor's trash this summer)
Then I took some sparkly garland that I had just removed from the Christmas tree and tied it around the top.
I added a lamp and an orange candle and WOW! It is my favorite corner in the house now.
I polished up all the furniture and vacuumed.
I couldn't wait for it to get dark so I could light the candles on the altar and just watch everything glow.
I realized how important it is for me to have sacred space like this.
Last night, I just sat in the dark and watched the candles flickr (um, a sure sign of too much interneting...that would be flicker, with an e); enjoying a quiet moment and breathing.
I felt I had been highly creative; a problem-solver even.
In this chapter, Gail McMeekin invites us to pay attention to what we pay attention to.
Realizing that I watched a movie 4 times just to see the set told me something about myself and my craving to have a nurturing space.
Setting up that table told me something about my ability to do what I want once I figure out what it is.
This week, I will pay more attention to the little things that attract my attention and the thoughts they inspire.