A Year of Living Passionately


“What we are seeking is… the rapture of being fully alive.” – Joseph Campbell

A number of years ago, I lost my voice. Completely. The specialist diagnosed a paralyzed vocal cord and told me it would be six to twelve months before I would speak again. When I asked him what I could do to heal myself more quickly, he shrugged and told me that there was really nothing that would make a difference. It would just take time.

calmNo voice. This was a very clear message to me from my body: it’s time to take care of yourself.

At that time, still reeling from a recent divorce and grieving my father’s death, I was emotionally and physically depleted. And so, finally being forced to listen to my body, I began a regime of extreme self care.

I identified all the things I knew would help to heal my body and all the things that I knew would nourish my soul, and I made those things part of my daily life. Within three months, my voice was healed, a wonderful thing. But along the way, I also realized that these self care practices were doing wonders for my spirit. Incorporating self care into my daily life, I now felt vibrantly, deliciously, passionately alive!

You’d think this would be a lesson I’d only need to learn once, but it’s easy for me, in the rush of the day to day, to lose sight of how important self care is. I’m once again feeling depleted. And so now is the time to reclaim that sense of vibrancy, that feeling of being deliciously alive in the world. It’s time to make self care my priority. This is going to be my “Year of Living Passionately.” This year I’m going to incorporate into daily life the practices that I know most nourish my body and my spirit:

Sally’s Practices for Living Passionately

  • sallyWriting
  • Eating healthfully
  • Gratitude
  • Massage and acupuncture
  • Exercise
  • Time in nature
  • Solitude, silence and stillness
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Dancing
  • Photography
  • Strong personal relationships
  • Adventure

These are the practices I’m committing to this year, the things that I will make the “Big Rocks” in my life.

And what about you? What are the healthy habits that make you feel passionately alive?


About Sally

Poet, seeker, author, mom. Celebrating the beauty and mystery that surrounds us and learning to trust in the journey.
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7 Responses to A Year of Living Passionately

  1. Could I toss another one in there for you? Having fun – has to be at the top, surely?

    • Fun seems to find me, especially if I’m pursuing adventure in my life and keeping my close friendships strong. But you’re right: it’s definitely part of what makes me happy, so it should probably be on the list.

  2. Hear, hear, Sally. Nice to see you in my feed again, and I hope 2015 brings you all the healing, and feeling, that you need.

  3. Bowrag says:

    How long did it take to get voice back?!? And what was the cause?

    • It was a paralyzed vocal cord. My specialist said that it was the result of a virus something like shingles and that it was probably because I was so run down. Lesson for me? Take care of myself! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Jerry says:

    That’s a lot of Big Rocks!! But all good ones. Good Luck!

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