Today I want to share my life from A to Z. I saw this on the amazingly beautiful photography blog Oak & Bone by Gabi Mulder and was inspired to give it a go myself. For every letter of the alphabet, I chose a word that means something to me at this point in my life. This way I ended up with a little 26-word long dictionary that puts my current life into words.
Alignment – Bringing my body, mind, and soul into alignment is a constant process for me, but one I find incredibly worthwhile. There is no better feeling than being content with every aspect of my life being where it should be in that moment and the soothing sensation of balance this brings to every fiber of my being.
Breath – I remember growing up my parents always talked about the breath and how important it was to breathe into my belly. Even though I have been on a ‘mindfulness’ journey for the last 4 years, it was not until recently that breathing became something I dedicate conscious effort to on a regular basis.
Change – I learned the importance of this word the hard way. Then again, I think everyone might. Change is the only certainty in this life and the sooner we find comfort in this fact, the easier our life will be.
Dare – While dreaming is easy, daring to turn those dreams into a reality takes bravery. This has been very significant for me lately, as I have started doing things that required a lot of bravery. It is so exhilarating to find myself on the other side of what once scared me to bits.
Embrace – Embracing who I am and where I am at in my life is such a wonderful gift I can give myself. Whenever I stop comparing myself to others in terms of intelligence, physical beauty or achievements and focus on my own journey is when I make the most progress in my life.
Family – I hesitated for a moment whether to choose family or friends for this letter, but quickly realised that I consider my closest friends to be family. My tribe of humans is scattered all over the world, yet somehow I feel so connected to each and every single one of them and would not know where I would be without them.
Guidance – I have always had a hard time asking for help and am naturally a very independent person. At the same time, until recently I have been very headstrong, trusting my reason more than my intuition. As of late, however, I have started relying more on the guidance of others, but also on the innate inner wisdom inside myself. Letting go of control can be hard for me, but I have found that when I listen to the well-meant guidance from others and my inner voice, life suddenly becomes a lot easier.
Health – Taking care of my health is the foundation upon which I build everything else. When I am not feeling healthy, life becomes a burdensome chore, so I always try to invest as much as I can into my health.
Inspiration – I get inspiration from so many things around me. The beautiful photography of others inspires me to dabble my toes into this form of expression. The sonatas of Mozart inspire to concentrate on my work. The fresh spring flowers inspire me to put a smile on my face. The homeless people on the side of the street inspire me to practice empathy and kindness. Inspiration is truly all around me and I enjoy being hit by new sparks on a daily basis.
Journey – I have a tattoo on my foot that says ‘A journey of a thousand miles’. It marks a significant moment in my life when I decided to start my journey of participating in life fully after having felt like a bystander for much of my teenage years.
Kindness – No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted ~ Aesop
Love – Love means my love for friends and family, my love for the world I live on and my love for myself. But this word has taken on a new meaning in the romantic sense when two years ago I met my boyfriend. Having been always quite unlucky in love before meeting him, I had become cynical about romance and instead started fully loving myself. Not long after I started this radical self-love journey, I met my boyfriend (as it happens of course). His love has shown me how truly beautiful the radical dedication between two humans, that are not bound to each other by blood can be.
Mother – A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take ~ My mother is without a doubt the most influential and supportive person in my life and I am still pondering how I can ever fully express the depth of my gratitude to her.
Nature – I have always enjoyed being in or close to nature. It calms me and has a magical way of drawing me into the present moment. No wonder that green is my favourite colour. After having lived in the urban jungle for most of my adult years I could not be happier that I have relocated to greener suburbs last summer.
Oats – These have been a staple food for me since childhood. Rarely a day goes by without me eating oats in some form or another.
Presence – In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. ~ Echhart Tolle.
Quotes – For my 14th birthday my mother gave me the Oxford Book of Aphorism (fancy word for quote). I have several notebooks filled to the brim with my favourite quotes, poems and word magic. To say I love quotes would be an understatement.
Rest – Rest has always been an important part of my life, but not until I chronically had too little rest in my life did I understand the sacred significance of rest in my life.
Solitude – This is my way to unwind, recharge and pull myself back into order. As a true introvert, solitude is not just something I deeply enjoy. It is as much a necessity as the air I breathe and the companionship compulsory for us social human creatures.
Travel – To travel is the ultimate freedom for me. Freedom from who I should be and freedom from the familiar. Travel used to be to be the most important aim in my life and every summer break I would make sure to go on an extensive trip. I miss these backpacking adventures more than anything and hope I can soon hit the road again for more than just a week.
Unlearning – I have, like most people, some pretty deep-rooted habits. Many of them are not serving me. Unlearning these habits has become a point of focus for me in the last year and to my delight, several of these patterns have already been significantly untangled.
Vulnerability – Being vulnerable has left me hurt many times before. People have misunderstood, misused and outright abused my vulnerability, but luckily it has never stopped my faith in being vulnerable. Sure, I have become more mindful with whom I trust but I will never build walls so high around me that the magic that comes with vulnerability cannot reach me anymore. As the saying goes, ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant’.
Wealth – I have felt incredibly wealthy all my life. I come from an average middle-class family and although many of my friends strive to be better off than their parents, I always felt like I was living an incredibly lush and abundant life. This feeling has never left me, even when I was living in Berlin in a building with no heating, eating nothing but oats and rice for weeks. I guess wealth is an attitude for me and as long as I have an attitude of enough then I will always feel wealthy.
Xmas – I am cheating a little bit with this one, but Christmas is honestly one on of the most magical times of the year for me. Even though I am not a Christian, I love the cultural traditions that come with this holiday centred around brining some light into the darkness and joining your loved ones for a cosy celebration.
Yoga – I accidently started my yoga journey when I wanted to impress a boy I had a crush on. A few years (and a few crushes) later, yoga has stuck with me as a practice that both strengthens and softens my body and mind. More importantly, I have found it a prerequisite for a deep meditation practice.
Zingy – To be honest I struggled with this letter, so I had to Google a word. Zingy means someone or something full of zest or with a spark for life. Being zingy is something I strive to be in everyday life.
One life. My life. 26 words. My words. <3