It’s been just over a week now since I disconnected my TV and surprisingly I don’t really miss it at all. I’m not sure how long it’s been since I deactivated and deleted my Facebook account/page, but I don’t miss that either, not even a little bit. I’m learning that life without Facebook is actually pretty good.
I’ve noticed that I pay a lot more attention to my thoughts, well I try to, but there are too many to keep track of and I struggle to stay focused on any one thought at a time. This tells me that I NEED to get back into the routine of practicing meditation daily. I need to calm my mind.
I’ve also noticed that my soul is craving nature. I’ve decided to start hiking. Nothing as extreme as Cheryl Strayed, but half-day and whole day hikes. I’m not ready for overnight hikes, at least not solo. It would be fun to do at some point though; either solo or with others. For now it’ll just be day hikes with my camera!
I started a Meetup group for ACoA (ACA) people. Not an official registered group, but just a group for people to come together who can relate to each other. I don’t have all of the details worked out as to what all we will do, but if the group takes off, we will figure it out together. To this point only 1 person has joined the group and this person said she would like for it to be a Woman’s ACoA Big Book and Workbook meeting (registered). I told her I would look into what it would take to put a registered group/meeting together. From what I can tell there isn’t much to it. So, I’ve been considering starting a meeting. For myself it would be nice to have something in the area during the day, so many are at night.
I’ve been looking at other Meetup groups to take part in. There are a lot of meditation and yoga groups that I would like to join, but so many are at night and that won’t work for me. I have found one that is close to home and on the weekends. I’m going to check that one out. I’ve joined a couple of hiking groups that sometimes hike in my area, I’ve joined a writing group but not sure how often I will attend those meetups b/c they aren’t very convenient with my schedule, but I will try.
Today my boss asked me if I have ever taken part in a drum circle, I think he said djembe drum. He was telling me about them; they sound pretty cool and I would like to check one of those out. He said he has a drum and if I ever wanna use it I can b/c he doesn’t get a chance to use it much anymore. So I looked into that, and was able to find one pretty close to home, but of course it doesn’t work with my schedule. Curse you 2nd shift!!!
I’m going to keep an eye out and an ear open for groups of that nature (hiking, meditation/yoga, drum circles…) There was one with horse riding too, I would’ve loved that, but that didn’t work well for me either.It’s been a very long time since I’ve been on a horse, I have very little memory of it, I may not be ready to just hop on a horse and ride. The idea of it sounds great though. I know a horse, he stole my heart, I miss him a lot. I’m not sure another horse could fit his shoes (see what I did there? I’m so funny!).
I’m still working towards becoming more of a minimalist. That is not a change that is done overnight. These racing thoughts don’t help matters much. I’ve started making lists of things I need to get done to help keep me focused on one task rather than trying to tackle several and not finish anything.
I’m trying to feed my soul with things that I am passionate about, things that bring me peace and happiness; I’ve starved my soul for far too long.