Last week it really was summer here. It felt like summer, it smelt like summer. The first wild flowers appeared by the paths – blue, red, yellow. But in the perma-shade of pines, snow banks still rest, or leave damp traces of their passing.
In my recent workshop we imagined it was summer, that it was already the solstice. It’s a type of journal writing technique called Perspectives which is really a way of setting your intentions and making plans.
Here we are at the end of March but it feels like summer. It’s easy to believe that the time between the equinox and the solstice has already passed.
Imagine you are sitting in your favourite writing place on the evening of the Summer Solstice. Perhaps you close your eyes and let your mind wander back over the months that have elapsed since the Spring Equinox. Think about things you’ve done, people to whom you’ve felt connected, places, events, experiences. Think also about things you haven’t done, people whom you didn’t meet or connect with. When you are ready you write the date at the top of the page: 21st June 2012 and begin to write a review of the last 3 months.
When you’ve finished, read what you have written. Then give yourself some written feedback beginning:
When I read this I realise that I need to……..
My first step will be to…….
This will help you to know what you need to do between now and the 21st of June! As someone in the workshop said:
It’s better than trying to write a list of goals or a to do list…….
By the way, thanks for all your messages of support & your dog stories – the bite is healing nicely and will only leave a small scar……