Developing a Rhythm for Life

Rhythm is how various elements flow, fluctuate, and work together in a regular recurring sequence. It refers to music,  the flow of life, and every living thing.

Recently I’ve felt the need to establish a rhythm of life that works for the season I’m in. Back when I worked a regular job, had kids at home and juggled many things, my rhythm was mostly set and my goal was to find meaningful quiet moments. This season of life asks for a different rhythm.

Now in my 60th year, I am quite aware that life is short and relationships matter most. Still, it’s challenging to manage responsibilities, relationships, and work I feel called to in the context of everyday life.

To be honest, it’s been a rough go this week… internally. Thoughts of where I’ve made poor choices, let people down, and fallen short have plagued me. My internal and external rhythm felt off. Forgiveness of myself and others lifted past grievances and I feel lighter. Now I can move forward into a new season, find a new and improved rhythm. Once again I am seeking to “learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Jesus asks and invites:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me – watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30
The Message Bible

Before, when working on a project, I would gut it out until it was done, no matter how late, and not listen to my body. Now, I am seeking a new way to work. To work from rest and rest from work. It would be much more sustainable, and maybe I wouldn’t feel like giving up as often as I do. The daily walking, talked about in the “Nature” post,  has helped both my mind and body. Spending time alone with God is essential for me to live out a fulfilling rhythm. These are a few things I know are necessary for me to thrive, also the acceptance that I need more time alone and allow more time to get things done (without guilt.)

Questions to Consider

  • Is my current daily rhythm and habits of life a healthy and beneficial way to live, both for me and those around me?
  • What do I need to eliminate in order to thrive in this new upcoming season? A friend of mine gave me this question. It has been incredibly helpful in making choices and relieving guilt about saying “no.”
  • How can I align my heart with the heart of God?
  • Who in my life shares the same rhythm of heart, a kindred spirit?

“Each heart has its own rhythm.
To love is to find a similar rhythm in another heart.”

Elmar Hussein

Every living thing has a vibration

“Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances.”

Maya Angelou

 

“To live is to be musical,
starting with the blood dancing in your veins.
Everything living has rhythm.
Do you feel your music?”

Michael Jackson

In reading about rhythm, I find the idea of attraction and vibration really interesting. When we say something or someone resonates (another R word) I wonder if we are actually in rhythm with it or them, playing music together, so to speak. This tends to support why different people like different styles of music. We also say, someone gives a certain kind of vibe. It’s fascinating to me because we sense more than we see and it could be that we are connected or influenced by actual vibrations that attracts or repels. It makes aligning my heart with the rhythm of God’s heart even more important.

Living lightly, more light-hearted and open-handed is the rhythm or music I want during this season. I want to align my heart with God’s heart.

Lord God,
I desire to align my heart
with the rhythm of Your heart

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019

CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:

Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

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Mid-Century Modern Banners
9×12″ L711

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Music Score Mask
9×12″ L670

Word of the Year – Everyday Journal Posts

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

July – Celebrating a New Season – Stencil Club – Calendar

Mid-Century Modern Stencil Club & paintings, July calendar and Washi tape adventure as we celebrate America’s freedom and enter a new season.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

Washi Tape Adventure #3 in My Calendar Journal

The Washi Tape Adventure continue. This time you can see how Washi Tape is used to its fullest in decorating a Calendar page, and not take a lot of time.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

F – Flow with the Fun of Your Word of the Year

What do you do to help you reach your goals that seem unpleasant? For me, March is a time when my yearly goals wane a bit. Now I’m being intentional about pushing past that and having fun in the process.

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board Many of us have forgone the new years resolutions, but still have dreams and goals. This year, I’m following Mary’s suggestion in making a vision board. I want mine to fit in my Leuchtturm journal so it can be portable and easily accessible throughout the year. There are some good options for that. I considered my options for format: I could just use some of the pages in my everyday journal, or do a tip-out accordion fold, or try my hand at a portable fancy fold… Read More

Washi Tape Adventure #2 – Super Simple Ideas

Washi Tape Adventure #2 Super Simple Washi Tape Ideas Here’s a quick super simple post with super simple Washi Tape ideas. I’m taking a simple square and triangle shape aka a primitive house shape, and having fun making special gift tags with my Washi Tape. Above is a pair of shipping tags and below is an Artist Trading Card, ATC. I stenciled the star shapes with the Mid-Century Modern stencil and then put a border of Washi tape with a similar pattern. I bought the Washi tape at Michaels. It’s really easy to cut a pattern from a roll of… Read More

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