Thanksgiving is not yet over and I’m prepping for December. Every year there are the early preparations for Christmas: ordering Christmas cards, compiling gift lists and starting the shopping, planning holiday events. This year, in addition, I’m prepping for my December “Someday” – meditation and mindfulness. I specifically chose this “Someday” for December because the holiday season can be so crazy and I wanted to force myself to slow down and be aware of the joys, the events, and time with family and friends.
Developing a meditation practice will be a big challenge for me. After all, my motto is “Embrace the Crazy”. One meditation expert says a key to mindfulness is to “live without frenzy” – seems a bit of a conundrum. How will I figure out how to embrace the crazy while living without frenzy during the Christmas season? My first step in preparation for next month is listening to an audiobook, Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. I began listening yesterday. No practice yet. These are baby steps. I’m beginning slowly: listen this week and be ready to set aside a few minutes a day for practice next week.
My “someday” for November is to participate in Write Non-fiction in November (WNFIN). The challenge is to spend the month writing and completing a non-fiction work. My challenge did not begin with November 1st, however. Once I decided to accept this challenge, I began preparing.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
For me, part of preparing to write is to think – a lot. I often know exactly what I will write before I sit down to put words on the page. So, in preparing for this challenge, I thought about my topic. I also searched the internet for ideas on how to accomplish the challenge of writing daily for a month and actually finishing a book. I read transcripts of interviews, watched videos, took notes, and I thought.
The thing about thinking is, even though it does require some brain-quiet and a little dedication, it is relatively easy. I can think while working out. I can think while cleaning the kitchen. I can think pretty much anywhere. But in order to get something done, the thinking has to move to doing.
“You can’t plow a field by simply turning it over in your mind.”
–Gordon B. Hinckley
I am now off to plow my field.