I've been keeping myself pretty busy, lately. Not only with work but trying to get out and engage with new people and activities.
This weekend, I visited a Zen meditation center for the first time. I'd been talking about it for awhile but had never followed through, largely because of anxiety. When you're going into a situation like that - totally green, a true outsider, all by yourself - it can be intimidating; but I tried to go in with an open mind, letting go of any preconceived ideas I might have had about what to expect. In the end, I had a really great time. It was super nice to have the chance to sit in meditation with others and to be in communion with like-minded individuals.
I've also been trying to get outside more - which is a form of meditation and communion all its own. Certainly we've had plenty of excellent weather lately, which had been so fantastic and rewarding, but sometimes, even when it's a bit cold, I've still been trying to just get myself out there and get moving. Last weekend, I went for a hike with Zach and Claude - which was really nice - but even just taking walks around my neighborhood has been a great way for me to relax, lately.
Overall, I'm working really hard to develop greater balance and acuity in my life; to carve out deeper and richer spaces in my life for personal growth as well as communion with other people.