“Laugh to erase the dirt on your mind”

There’s a beautiful downpour outside. I can hear the drops battering my window in the silences of a song I’m listening to (Metric’s “Too LIttle, Too Late”). Rains are one of the joys of Autumn I very much enjoy. The season’s all about descent, whether leaves, water or temperatures. I feel, in contrast with this, a degree of strengthing and rising of my own development, understanding and mood.
My recent reading, listening and thinking on the integral approach to life has brought a lot of subtle shifts in my way of living. I can’t discount my increasing interpersonal comfort and the beautiful atmosphere of the season in the mix, though. It’s all coming together in a genuine shift in myself and I’m very thankful for that. I have, for the first time in a couple months, a strong drive for personal development that is actually manifesting in real work across most aspects of my life.
Today I began some yoga work. I’m focusing on some stetching that will enable me to sit in the lotus pose while meditating. Positioning has been one of the greatest obsticles for me in my meditative practice and I’d very much like to move forward strongly with that as well as improve my overall physical and mental flexibility. I’m wondering how to balance meditation, weight training and my writing practice in the coming months.
Tonight I talked with Alisha about taking part in NaNoWriMo this November.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over talent and craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Last year we both failed to complete the project; She had her laptop crash and I simply didn’t prepare well. This year I’m hoping to have proper outlines in place and put together some sort of support group to keep me on track. I have a lot of change happening in the next couple months, but I intend to not be derailed from my goals. Please feel invited to prod me on if I do.

I’ll leave you with mention of 10 MPH, a film about a cross-America trip on a Segway. I’m looking forward to watching it after hearing an interview with one of the creators on an episode of Daily Sonic. My wanderlust makes me a bit envious of those fellows and their adventure; I’ve love to do something similar.

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