Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

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    Some of the deepest meanings for me of Tolkien's works have to do with his motivation in bringing them forth: rather than merely titillating fantasy, his stories of Middle Earth especially were written in search and service of myth, and myth is in its purest form a way to shape our lives.

    There are a couple of Tolkien YouTube channels I have enjoyed, whose creators like to bring the stories to life in small ways: Happy Hobbit and Dunedain Rangers. I know it's hard to keep producing videos on this kind of thing, but as I mentioned, the meaning of the stories for me has a lot to do with imagining how life could be - more meaningful, more "merrier" . . . enchanted.

    And so I'm starting this thread with this intent: "upon a clumsy loom / weave tissues gilded by the far-off day / hoped and believed in under Shadow's sway." Every day, or as near as possible I intend to report on something I did that was in keeping with the spirit of myth or enchantment, or just Hobbitish. And I welcome any who want to join me.

    So here we go:

    This morning I made breakfast from scratch (pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes), and polished a walking stick I have been working on for a while, made from a tree limb I found and cut last summer.

    And although I'm a long way away from being fit to be a ranger, I do have a daily morning practice of meditation and have started daily morning exercise.
     
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    And I missed a day. Well I'm here now.

    Today I worked in my garden, moving some tomato starts into a cold frame and starting to prepare some of the soil for tomato plants when they're bigger. Not much, but at least it was something.
     

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    Today I finished a walking stick - like a shillelagh, I call it my kebbie stick (the Scottish version of a shillelagh, since my Scottish ancestors are more numerous and recent than my Irish). I took it on a little walk in the mountains.
     
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    As long as I keep adding to this with some regularity I'm not going to berate myself for not doing it daily.
    Yesterday I ate a first and second breakfast. And last week I took a hike with a relative, along the Bonneville Shoreline trail in the Wasatch range, talking about spirituality and ecology. I also planted tomatoes.
     
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    I don't think you have to do a unique ME action every day. For me, it's more a ME frame of mind one settles into where everything has a sort of ME bent. A way of existing in the world, of thinking and seeing things. Sounds as if you are doing that very thing! :)
     
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    Thanks Ithilethiel. Checking in for today:
    This morning I planted more tomatoes, including Brandywine, then I ground up some corn (Painted Mountain) that I'd grown last year and made pancakes with it.
     
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    Checking in.
    This evening I had a nice visit with a sister and her family: they live in a very cozy old house, and we had a very bountiful and sumptuous supper after which we played games and sat on squishy sofas with a cat and talked. A very hobbitish evening.