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Creatures of Habit-[at]

We are creatures of habit.

Each habit-[at] is uniquely its own.

 

Spring Blossoms

A place that is natural 

–for the life and growth of an organism.

I went to bed last night asking, ‘what will I write about tomorrow?’

This morning a dream tells me ‘we are creatures of habit’. what is my natural habit-[at]?

what are some of my habits? are they a good thing? or not?

Each morning I get out of bed and prepare breakfast

When I wake from sleep if I remember a dream I write it down in my journal which is by my bedside on a side table. I listen for the first morning sounds for a bit, stretch, and sit up and put my robe on.

Coffee. I pour milk into the bottom of my cup which reads ‘Writer’ and add dark, hot, aromatic liquid that stirs me.

Oatmeal. First I get the small pot out of the drawer, fill it with just the right amount of water, and turn on the flame to bring the water to a boil. Then I go to the pantry and pull out the oatmeal, almonds, and raisins. I usually add cinnamon to the oatmeal while it is cooking. I slice the almonds in half with a sharp knife and take two teaspoons of raisins out of the package. I add the sliced almonds, raisins, and soy milk to the cooked oatmeal. Finally I use a large spoon to help me transfer my oatmeal and yummy add ons into my cereal bowl.

How I get out of bed or prepare oatmeal is not all that interesting. They are routine behaviors that I repeat regularly and that have a tendency to occur unconsciously.

My morning habits are a good thing. I don’t have to think about them. They are healthy and help me start my day in a positive mood.

Can I change my habits? Well, of course. I can and I do….

Michael has had by his own admission the same breakfast for well over 60 years! He likes his routine and is the ultimate creature of habit. 

I on the other hand cherish diversity and like to play with multiplicity. I might like (some day) to play with the way I get out of bed in the morning. Change the side of the bed I sleep on. Change the color and style of our bedding.

I can see myself choosing to bake some delicious goodie at the start of my day. Something that is not good for me but fits my playful nature and love of baked goods and carbs. Fresh baked bread out of the oven, yum!

Playing in the everyday: how about creating some new habits?

My natural habit-[at] includes dreams, coffee, and oatmeal with almonds. Its a playful environment.

From time-to-time as a writer I challenge myself to write down every bit of my day in my journal. When I engage in this style of journaling I am amazed at the detail I can pull out of even the  most mundane of days. which is not mundane at all. Each day I am in my natural habit-[at].

Lately I’ve been taking the steps to create some new habits or at least thinking about it…

Each step is the place to learn

I’ve been listening to fiddle music and researching fiddles and teachers in the area.

The sign reads: Quality fiddles for all levels of students

I’m about to start fiddle lessons and just about ready to call on one of my musical buddies to help me create a children’s song album.

The thing is play needs no purpose

I have the desire to try some new ways to play. This isn’t going to be pretty folks!

My strings will sqeek! I don’t know… I know only a smidgen about creating a music CD.

The question, how do I? will come up frequently.

Oh, what the heck. I’m writing and leaning into sharing-publishing. I’m painting and learning to mix colors bit by bit. I’m dancing new steps with new partners who tell me I have way to much swing! and I bounce too much!

I’m all for greater play-diversity in my habit-[at].

How about you?

Share your stories, questions, comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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Labyrinths, Vestibules, Channels: A Playful Approach to Reach Equilibrium

Inner Ear

In my dream my right ear is covered with some matter. I slowly un-peel what is blocking my inner ear and see small bare bones that are plainly visible. Some of the bones seem to be split off. The skin looks pink and healthy and the bones are small. Need_to_Hear

The first association I have to my dream is ‘listen to your inner ear’. The cochlea resembles a wound up snail shell–something I am reminded of through my dream play and a comment left by Donna May on the Play=Peace page on Facebook. Yikes! Yes, of course, a transformative spiral…one that comes around again and again encouraging me to increase my ability to listen and deeply hear what is being communicated.

When I took another playful step to honor my dream and began to research the inner ear–it only took one look-see and I began to laugh at my folly. Of course!

The inner ear is a maze of tubes and passages, referred to as the labyrinth. In the labyrinth can be found the vestibular and the cochlea.

I’m being guided to the Labyrinth of my dream and entering through a Vestibule–a chamber or channel communicating with or opening into another. [a room so familiar to me as a child attending Catholic Church].

To gain Equilibrium–Keep my Balance

The vestibular is the organ of equilibrium. The vestibular’s function is to register the body’s movements, thus ensuring that we can keep our balance.

The vestibular consists of three ring-shaped passages, oriented in three different planes. All three passages are filled with fluid that moves in accordance with the body’s movements. In addition to the fluid, these passages also contain thousands of hair fibres which react to the movement of the fluid sending little impulses to the brain. The brain then decodes these impulses which are used to help the body keep its balance.

WoW! I love the psyche-soma dynamics in all of this! Swing! Hang! Thrust! Shape!

I just wrote in my journal this morning that I am DONE, DONE, DONE with LISTS.

When I feel the IMPULSE to move ahead and I ACT! Suites me best…

LISTS really make me anxious, obsessive, and crazier than usual! [I always have multiple projects going on at any one time so LISTS can put me on OVER-DRIVE!

My Mantra

What moves me….is what I will hear….DEEPLY…and act on

with

Playful Action!