How to slow down time.

I doubt there aren’t too many of us wondering where the heck the last year has gone.

Thanksgiving already? Really??

I have my theories about why time feels like it’s speeding up (something I realized years before I ever heard of the FOMO - ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ - phenomenon).

Whatever the cause, it leaves a lot of us with a sense of never being quite caught up, content, fulfilled, complete.

As least, that’s how I’ve been feeling in recent years.

But, I’ve been learning to narrow the scope of what’s possible.

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And my word of the year is...

... not especially poetic. Like, "beauty", or "connection", or "courage", of "self care".

In fact, it even ignores one of my guidelines for setting intention, which is to declare what you DO want, not what you don't.

Yet, after shuffling through a few good candidates, and learning from my teacher Katy Bowman, that sometimes we have to release chronic holding patterns before we can find our true alignment, this is the word made the most sense for now. That being:

 

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Emergence revisited

It seems butterflies are more or less the quintessential metaphor for transformation - am I right?

But what about clinginess and hesitation?

Because of a good friend, whose enthusiasm and butterfly obsession rubbed off on me, I had the honor of 'raising' a bunch of caterpillars from egg to adult Monarch - a one month and six day project that became strangely addictive.

Besides learning that the little buggers are basically eating and pooping machines until they go into chrysalis stage, I was able to watch and predict their process of emergence, right down to the hour.

Nature can teach you a thing or two patient observation.

 

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