a new webite, and letting go

image857285373.jpgI'm heading into a five-day silent retreat, and will be offline for the duration. I'm looking forward to this time of meditation, yoga, prayer, writing, and rest.

It's been an intense 2010 thus far, as I've been working hard to finish a social media project for the Sisters. And it's done: everything is launched and operational. The project included redesigning and expanding their website, creating a Facebook page, and creating and mailing out an e-newsletter through Constant Contact. Take a look at the website (and sign up for the e-newsletter there, if you want): www.chssisters.org

I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn how to do this work--I got to play with HTML and CSS coding, learn Squarespace (the web platform) inside and out, and think through structural and content design in an extensive process. I'm even more thankful for the chance to get to know the Sisters and the Community better, in writing and editing the website content.

So far the response has been tremendous: more than 220 Facebook fans, and many, many encouraging and excited comments and emails. The Sisters are thrilled to be connecting with their friends and Associates--and the feeling is mutual. It makes me so happy to have been able to help bring this about.

Now the challenge will be to let it go. This is a project that has been my main focus for six weeks, and intensively so as we neared its completion. I let it go, technically, when the site went live, when the facebook page was posted, and the emails were sent. But now I have to let it go emotionally--release my attachment to how many hits the website gets, how many fans CHS has, how many people have opened the e-newsletter . . .

I've been writing Morning Pages (a creativity practice that's the foundation of the book The Artist's Way) each day for the last six weeks. It's been enormously helpful to me, in recognizing my ego and attachments to things and outcomes. It is too easy to get caught up in the technicalities of things, and in the desire to be successful; it takes conscious work on my part to let go--and free flow writing helps me do that. I highly recommend the practice to anyone seeking clarity and a calmer mind. In writing each morning, I became more fully aware that this media project was an offering, an act to support the work of the Sisters, and in a way, a prayer.

So with gratitude for this opportunity to learn so much more about the sisters, and to gain some social media experience, I release this prayer to the world.