By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Program
I want to wake up every morning at 7:00 a.m. well rested with 7-8 hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep
I want my cat, Jax, who I have attempted to train also to wake me up no later than 7:00 a.m.
I want to sit on my balcony every morning with my mug of warm water and lemon, notebook, and freely write.
I want to read inspiration from Mary Oliver and other poets.
I want to feel the stillness of the morning to mirror the inner solitude within me.
I want to write and read freely with pleasure—void of the urgency or plan to “begin” my day.
I want to have a backyard and a quiet wraparound porch to evolve my morning ritual – the spacious home I can call my own.
I want my little section of earth where the distant hum of the freeway doesn’t exist and the noise of the blower from the landscape company that just pulled up because I got to the balcony after 9:00 a.m. due to another restless night.
I want to write and create freely without the push or pull.
I want spacious days and work that feels expansive and free.
I want to sustain my daily walks and time spent in nature, such as I have since COVID-19.
I want a simple life filled with the joys of all the things I pleasure and promote happiness, peace, health, and well-being.
I want to be free from suffering.
I want all beings to be free from suffering.
I want to live wild, wise, and strong, confident, and to trust my inner wisdom.
I want relationships with deep passion and intimacy, an authentic connection.
I want long slow yoga practices, followed by subtle, still meditation.
I want the melody of chanting to infuse my spirit with inner tranquility.
I want to expand my capacity to love, hold compassion, forgiveness – offer this gift to self and others.
I want to see through a clear lens.
I want to be aware of and connected to the present moment.
I want genuine acceptance.
I want a stable, sturdy base like the trunk of a tree and my branches to flow in the wind.
I want to be flexible, to allow my branches and leaves to fall with the turning of the season.
I want to release and let go of past judgment, pain, and stories I repeat.
I want to trust that in the release, I am creating space and opportunity for new life to develop and birth.
I never want to stop my wonder. To always be Alice chasing the White Rabbit dressed in a waistcoat down the rabbit hole, discovering a whole new kingdom of magic inside – my quest towards my inner knowing.
I want to thrive in health and life but never want to push or exhaust myself to pay the bills or imprint success.
I never want to forget that I am inherently valuable.
I want to always practice and experiment life with a bright blue eye and an open, compassionate heart.
I want to trust in the life intended to unfold as I align with my aspirations and dreams.
I want to be fluid with my passion and purpose in life – always changing, shifting, and transforming.
I want to live like Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, big dresses, and a fierce fire of creation.
I want to get my strength from the red earth of Tara, a place to ground and call home, inspire faith and trust.
I want a home on the lake, tucked in the mountains.
I want to roam free and smell the Pines, hear the whisper of the wind, and paddleboard into the sun as it floats towards the horizon.
I want to lead and teach, to be of service to women, young girls, humans, and animals—the environment.
I want to embrace my emotions, turn towards them with a brave heart.
I want to turn irritation into creation.
I want to continue my spiritual journey.
I want to forever be a student, a leader, and to inspire myself and others to unbecome to become.