November Magic


Joanna Powell Colbert writes that November is her favorite month because it’s the month when she unhooks from all of life’s busyness and retreats into herself, her home, her own interior life. As the days grow shorter and it becomes, for many of us, too cold to do much outside, it makes sense to do as Joanna does. If we’re not careful, we can get caught up in the pre-pre-pre Winter holiday (you know the continual holiday that runs from before Thanksgiving until January 2nd) shuffle, grabbing at consumer goods and working ourselves into a frenzy micromanaging the “perfect, picture-book” holiday.

One of the most powerful magical acts that I know is to take some time and really envision the life that you’d like to be leading five years from now. I’ve done this magic with developmentally disabled adults, college students, groups of women and, of course, myself. Fill in all the details. Where do you live? What time do you wake up? Who do you see throughout the day? What do you wear? What occupies your time? What things that are currently in your life are banished? Journal or draw or dance all of it.

Now, ask yourself what underlying assumptions you’ve made. For example, do you assume you can turn on the tap and get clean, potable water? That you have access to medical care including birth control? That you can communicate without Big Brother listening?

It’s an interesting exercise. We’ll be talking more about it over the next couple of days.

Picture found here.

6 responses to “November Magic

  1. I love the idea of that exercise, Hecate. I’m in. (Ssssh.)

  2. Joanna, Mum’s the word!

  3. I love Craftsman bungalows.

  4. You guys get off easy. Around here the “Holidays” start the day after Hallowe’en and run through the Late January sales. Amazon has already started its “Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week.”. They don’t even wait until Black Friday anymore.

  5. I’m looking forward to “Buy Nothing Day” again this year. I’ve celebrated this lovely day after Thanksgiving annually for about 30 years and it’s one of my favorite days. Nothing to cook, no rushing about, just a day to avoid all commerce and quietly enjoy the season.

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