What do you want to let go of? What do you want to create?

Dear fantastic human, Like many of you, for me the end of a year and the beginning of another is a special time. It's a time to reflect and know. As I end each year, I ask myself two questions:     What do I want/need to let go of as I end this year?     What do I want to create in the new year? These have become profound questions for me. I hope they will be for you as well. It takes great honesty to answer them in a way that has real meaning. Sometimes we need to let go of a habit, or a relationship, or a person who is toxic in our lives. What is your answer? I'm counting down to the launch of my new online home for 37days, and as part of that countdown, I'd love to feature your answers to those two questions on 37days. You can submit your answer here (up to 200 words). I'll choose one to feature every day on 37days for the next 37 days. If you'd like yours to appear anonymously, just write "ANONYMOUS" at the end of your answer. I'm also planning a free online celebration and launch party on January 5, 2012 and would love for you to be there! We'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of 37days and the launch of my new fantastic site with some prizes and gifts and a short webinar called "Your Dream Has a Heartbeat–Listen to It"! Click here for more info and to...

we are saying thank you. (and my paean to cranberry sauce)

Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings… we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the water thanking it smiling by the windows looking out in our directions back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging after funerals we are saying thank you after the news of the dead whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you over telephones we are saying thank you in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators remembering wars and the police at the door and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you in the banks we are saying thank you in the faces of the officials and the rich and of all who will never change we go on saying thank you thank you with the animals dying around us our lost feelings we are saying thank you with the forests falling faster than the minutes of our lives we are saying thank you with the words going out like cells of a brain with the cities growing over us we are saying thank you faster and faster with nobody listening we are saying thank you we are saying thank you and waving dark though it is -W. S. Merwin I write a thank you note every morning. I have for 2 years now. It has changed my life to look at the world in a constant state of thankfulness....

thinking thursday.

(Tess, third grade school photo) [mind]  I'm keenly interested in education, and found this article fascinating: What if the key to success was failure? You'll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble. [body] 7 foods the experts won't eat. Are you eating them? My cousin Karen posted a link to this article on Facebook, and it got me thinking: Do you have a health care directive? I don't. And I need one. A literacy of curves: "…apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other." Simple, and beautiful. This will be on my Thanksgiving menu. Oh, my, yes. And by the way, have you ever roasted red grapes? They are amazing: Carefully toss grapes with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook at 450 on a parchment-lined pan for 10 minutes. Thanks to Marilyn Maciel for that new flavor sensation! [soul] Taking as much mindfulness as you can stand: "thoughts are innocent, as Byron Katie might say. Suffering begins when we start to be impressed by them, believe them, take them personally." Ironically, I'm going to be impressed by this thought, believe it, and take it personally. Susan Piver is out to bring meditation to the world. She's helping me start a one-minute meditation practice soon because she asked a group of us to write down how long we thought we could meditate every day and then add one minute to that number. After my addition, I...

poetry wednesday : for nagesh.

(photo from Nagesh Rao's Facebook page) I participated in Colleen Wainwright's amazing "50 for 50" project to raise money for WriteGirl, an LA-based nonprofit that supports girls and young women writers. For my contribution, I was to receive a custom poem by one of their mentees, a poem that young woman would write for me, or for someone of my choosing. I filled out a form explaining that I chose my friend (and make-believe twin bro) Nagesh Rao, to get a poem. That we are twins is somewhat make-believe, not Nagesh himself. He's very real and very necessary. And here it is, a poem in honor of his mother's passing, by 21-year-old poet Portia Frazier. To Nagesh, and to all of us navigating our own private geography of loss, with love and thanks for all your listening, and in full recognition that grief is a tease: CUSTOM WRITEGIRL POEM Requested by: Patti Digh Poem is for: NageshWriteGirl Author: Portia Frazier, Age 21Title of Poem: Where Do You Go Where Do You Go When you leave me, where do you go?Are you lost in time, shaped by its flow? Science says that our cells are made up of energyDoes that mean I can breathe you tasting more than a memory?If energy never dies and can never be createdDoes that mean that our meeting may again be fated? Are you in the hands that still hold me?In the eyes of the ones near me? My heart aches for youThe embrace I depended on now withdrawnMy eyes and throat burn with the need to mournMy voice breaking under pain too sharp to...

A whole new space in which to breathe.

Hi, fabulous person. It's raining here in Asheville, and I'm holed up at my dining room table making big plans, cooking up some magic for 2012. I am SO EXCITED to show you my new website (very soon! squeeee!) and hope you love it. To make sure you do, I've got a few questions for you – just 10 short itty-bitty questions to be exact – and I would love your input about 37days – and about the creation of fun, amazing, collaborative online courses that I want to develop for 2012 so I can travel less, stay home more, and engage more deeply with y'all. This survey won't take but a few minutes to complete – and I would really appreciate hearing from you. All the answers are anonymous. Thanks so much! You rock. You truly do. NOTE: This survey will close at 5pm Eastern on Friday, November 18th, 2011. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire...