My Enchanting Adventure in 2013 – The Year of the Cushion

Zazen cushion used by Soto-zen school.
Zazen cushion used by Soto-zen school. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last few weeks, I’ve been looking back at 2013 and asking myself what type of year this has been.  Have you been doing the same?

Personally, I feel like the best word to describe my experience of the year of 2013 is Cushion.  Perhaps not a normal word to describe a whole year.

There seems to have been a cushion of protective and comforting energy surrounding me and my family throughout 2013, which does not mean that it’s always been an easy year.

While I haven’t made much progress on any of my long-standing goals and aspirations,  I have felt that I’m on the right path this year.  I’ve been slowly building a financial cushion and a way of life that feels more grounded and peaceful than ever before.  I have been grateful for all the cushions that have been provided to me and those I love this year.  All in all, I have been delighted to experience an abundant and calmly satisfying year of living.

In a way, it was a strange year, because 2013 was a big year of change for almost everyone around me.  By that I mean, so many people in my life were moving from one phase of life to another, often with difficulty.   The biggest transformation (and scare) was when my ex-husband had open heart surgery back in August.  I blogged about his experience back then.  I want to report that he’s doing very well now.   His life has changed in a deep way, and he’s now a vegetarian, which if you knew him before, that change alone would be a shock.  He’s off to a holiday concert tonight with my two sons, and I’m happy that he’s alive to do that with them.  Watching him work so hard to stay alive and get healthier has been inspiring.

I tend to believe that most of us deserve at least one year of our lives when we don’t worry about achievement or fixing ourselves or the world.   We deserve a time to simply appreciate the gift of life. 2013 was that kind of year for me.  I am so grateful for all the cushioning was provided for me so that I could simply love my life this year.  I’m hoping that I have also been a cushion for others as well.

My sense is that 2014 is going to have a different focus, at least for me.

Many of us have heard the expression Get off the cushion or mat, and get out into the world.

There is some of that energy brewing up in me.

My intention in 2014 is to shift the focus of my work.  I’ve done some type of consulting or coaching  for the last decade of my life, and I want to take a break from that work in the next year. My plan is to focus on creative writing and finding a sustainability project that takes me out into the world more than I’ve been in the last few years.  It’s been several years since I’ve done a bigger green project, and I’d like to be involved in one again in some way.

If I win the current Mega-millions jackpot of $550 million (my kids are insisting that we buy a ticket) I would definitely fund a dream that I’ve had for some time, which is to open an organic cafe and spa with an organic farm attached to them.  I have no experience to do that now, so maybe next year, I will spend some time at least researching those dreams.

If we win the Mega-millions lottery, then 2014 will be the year of the miracle, but I’m not holding my breath on that possibility. 🙂

The truth is that I have had one of the best years of my life without being wealthy, famous or accomplished in 2013.  Most of us know that a lottery win is not a cushion.  The cushion we all need comes from the invisible powers of love that move within us, through our lives and in the broader universe.  The cushion of love is priceless and available to us all.

What kind of year was 2013 for you?  I hope it was a great one!

Today’s Contemplations:

If you had to use a word to describe 2013 for you, what would it be?

Do you have any intentions or changes that you plan to make in 2014?

9 thoughts on “My Enchanting Adventure in 2013 – The Year of the Cushion”

  1. Karen – I enjoyed reading about the year of the cushion.

    In March I broke my ankle (slipped on ice) and was in a non-weight-bearing cast for 8-weeks. During that time of physical stillness, I cultivated deeper activity in my heart/mind. I would say that for me 2013 has been a year of CONTEMPLATION.

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  2. I completely understand what you mean, Karen.

    2013 was a lethargic year, complete with projects that diluted my creative focus. 2014 will be the year of better prioritizing and self-assurance.

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    1. Millie, here’s to a new year of making our creative visions come forth into reality. You have such great artistic talent, I look forward to seeing your journey unfold through your blog.

      Best wishes to you for artistic as well as life fulfillment in 2014!

      Karen

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  3. I love your word–cushion. It is lovely to hear your description of 2013. It really sounds like you experienced a turning point that took you into a more secure positioning. How nice for you, of course, but also how great to hear that feeling the effects of that fusion puts you in a wonderful place of expectancy for the new year. I wish you’d win that lottery! I really like the sound of your dream for the organic cafe and spa. Maybe that will still be in your future!

    I also took a fall in September that really affected me, not so much physically, but emotionally and giving me lots of contemplation time–picking up from Laurie’s comment. I relate to that. I feel like I fell in a new place, and I’m still thinking about lessons learned. It was hard, but good at the same time! I’m excited about the year to come. A wonderful post, Karen. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and you’ve given me plenty to think about, too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Debra for your kind words, and sorry to hear you had a serious fall. When my mother broke her hip a few years ago, I found out how difficult it can be to recover from an injury.

      I’m glad to hear you are excited about the year to come. I’m hoping 2014 will be a great year for you! 🙂

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