Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to take a mini-vacation. It was pretty great to get away for a few days. I walked away from a lot of “same old, same old” routine that most of us get into. I think we need breaks like this.
If you follow my blog regularly, you probably know that I have my artistic hands in a lot of different things. While I was on my vacation, I took along some embroidery work; road trip work. I’m trying to make prayer flags. Prayer flags are little squares or rectangles of fabric with sayings written on them. They are traditionally found in Buddhist cultures and they are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading spaces.
One way I find compassion and inner peace is to do meditative journaling every day. It is something I learned from working through the book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. Julia calls it “morning pages” because they’re suppose to be written first thing in the morning as an attempt to clear your head of all the baggage we tend to carry.
When I do my journaling, there are several phrases that I frequently repeat to myself. I’m trying to capture these phrases in my prayer flags with hopes that they may inspire others. I’ve attached one to this post with hope that you find benefit:
Be Patient with Yourself
Like many women, I think we are our own worst critiques. This phrase is my attempt to calm the inner perfectionist in me. I don’t have to be perfect all the time. I also don’t have to be so critical of myself. I should offer the same compassion for my own short comings as I do for others. I hope you will do the same. Remember, no worries, its Ok, life happens, so…be patient with yourself. Namaste.