Friday chickenWhere I cover the good and the hard in my week, visiting the non-preachy side of ritual and self-reflection.

And you get to join in if you feel like it.

I am currently away at the VICARAGE, and I am both on silent retreat and also taking silent retreat!

So this will be a very brief chicken, and, as always, a space for you to play if you like.

What worked?

Trusting. Playing. Experimenting.

I borrowed from Rally (Rally!) the idea that Everything That Happens At Rally is Part Of Rally, Even When It Feels Like It’s Taking You Away From Rally.

In other words, even when not-relaxing things happen as I am away on silent retreat, they are somehow part of the bigger experience and they are potentially useful/important.

Deciding in advance this is the filter for an experience has an astonishing effect on how I feel.

Next time I might…

Take more time for entry.

As always: preparing for the voyage makes everything better.

The hard.

  • Being off, because: time off. Even when it is what I wanted.
  • Doubting myself.
  • Missing. (Things, people, occasions, moments, colors, smells…)
  • Longing.
  • Seeing truth.
  • Knowing that this time is going to end sooner than I think.

The good.

  • Horizon.
  • Water.
  • Body.
  • Time.
  • Space.
  • Peacefulness.
  • Glowing.
  • Seeing truth.
  • Presence.
  • The compass.
  • Being the pirate queen, on the water.
  • Freedom and spaciousness. Pleasure and grace


A superpower I had this week…

The superpower of knowing that there is a time and a place for everything, and following my instinct about when and where.

And a superpower I want next week.

Remembering why this is important.

Playing live at the meme beach house — the Fake Band of the Week!

Background. Ez and I make up bands. Stu (retired Bolshevik-fearing voice-to-text software) once invented hanging out at the Meme Beach House“. It’s just one guy.

This week’s band is from Richard and they play loud, happy swing tunes. Give it up for my new favorite act:

Slam O’Clock

Though, of course, it’s really just one guy.

Hallo Hallo! I am saying Hallo Hallo. Announcement time.

Picture me wearing that crazy hat

I recommend the thing that I used most this week: the monster coloring book and manual.

That’s it for me …

Join my Friday ritual in the comments if you feel like it. Or call silent retreat!

We let people have their own experience. We’re supportive and welcoming. And we don’t give advice (unless people specifically ask for it).

Wishing you a glorrrrrrrrrrrrious day, a restful weekend and a happy week to come.

Shabbat shalom.

p.s. It’s fine if it’s not Friday anymore. There’s complete chicken amnesty — join in whenever (or not) and it’s no big deal.