Battlefield of the Mind

Uncovering the Extraordinary in Every Day Life



Last night I started re-reading one of my favorite books, Living a Beautiful Life, by Alexandra Stoddard.  In it she talks about 500 ways to add elegance, order, beauty and joy to every day of your life.  I'm getting to much out of it.  

She talks about simple rituals we can create in our every day lives to transform the ordinary to extraordinary.   One ritual I started this morning was to begin by lighting a peach and mango scented candle with a match.  There's something about lighting a match that is so aesthetic and symbolic of an act of igniting my day.  Then I turned on my ipod and put on the Fields of Gold soundtrack by Sting and proceeded to make my bed.  Just creating my morning mood with the right sounds, sights, and smell made my morning light and joyful as if I started my day off with a dance.  It was just so delightful!  

What small changes can you make so that you awaken something within yourself and engage with the dance of life?  

Here's a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke in his Letters to a Young Poet:

So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your every day life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty-- describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.  If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it;  blame yourself;  admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches;  because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor, indifferent place.



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