A PHOTO OF TREES, WHICH DEFINITELY MEAN WISDOM TO ME (TAKEN BY TIIA OJALA, AT THE MAGICAL SHAWBROOK DANCE CENTRE IN IRELAND).
If you’ve visited this blog before, you might recall that in 2014 I had two words of the year. There was one at New Year and then a new one that came along in September. Times change, and if I want two words of the year I’ll have ’em.
I started 2015 (a year which sounds fairly futuristic to me!) with a mild dose of the lurgy and a few days of illness-inflicted reflection. Lately I’ve been into giving myself time anyway. Time to mull things over, time to think slow, time to relax and let stuff settle.
As a result, it’s taken me a few days to arrive at a new word of the year. Yesterday was the Cancer New Moon, which apparently means that this is the personal new year for all Cancerians, so I’ll go with that. I love the moon and it’s cycles definitely affect my mood.
Don’t ask me why – but the fact remains – I really don’t need any more evidence for this phenomenon than my own feelings and that silver orb in the sky. And so, in homage to the moon…..
(illustation from something dani, a lovely little blog full of great stuff like this!)
MY WORD OF THE YEAR IS ….. WISDOM!!
Starting off my year with a commitment to wisdom might seem like a tall order, and maybe even not very wise. Like this article says, wise people would probably not call themselves wise, as they’re usually very modest individuals 😉 But sod it, we’ve all got the capacity to develop wisdom, or to listen better to our inner wisdom, or to know better by developing our ability to move between different ways of knowing.
We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, and effort which no one can spare us.- says Marcel Proust.
I’ve been reading a really inspiring and enlightening book lately. It’s called Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind and it’s by a very wise bloke called Guy Claxton. It’s basically a book about learning to better appreciate the slower ways of knowing. It suggests that ‘patience and confusion, rather than rigour and certainty, are the essential precursors to wisdom’. And that’s not even the half of it. Read it and you’ll see, this book is truly full of wisdom 🙂
Lots of things from this book will stay with me way beyond it’s final page. This is a bit about wisdom that particularly resonated:
“Wisdom arises from a friendly and intimate relationship with the undermind. One must be willing, like Winnie the Pooh, to ‘allow things to come to you’, rather than, like Rabbit, ‘always going to fetch them’. The analytical mind clings to lines of thought that are clear, controlled, conventional and secure: precisely those to which ‘hard cases’ (wisdom has been defined as ‘good judgement in hard cases’), by their very nature, will not succumb. Wisdom comes to those who are willing to expand their sense of themselves beyond the sphere of conscious control to include another centre of cognition to which consciousness has no access, and over which there seems little jurisdiction. As Emerson puts it: ‘A man finds out that there is something in him that knows more than he does. Then he comes presently to the curious question, who’s who? Which of these two is really me? The one that knows more or the one that knows less; the little fellow or the big fellow?’.”
Here’s to more wisdom in 2015. I shall mostly be reminding myself to simply breathe and smile 🙂
Lots of love xxx