It’s time to go home, hang up your bag and hat… just for now. Blessings be to the housebound.. To those who are self-isolating, it’s an act of love. To those who have lost their livelihoods and other things, dare to grieve 2020.
In this changing routine, identity drops away, roles disintegrate – before I was … and now who am I? In this radical letting alone of myself, who I think I am, might just drop away, expanding my capacity to see beauty, truth, wonder and love in the everyday.
I can easily fill my day with something of the same busyness as before, the distraction of online scrolling and now 100 different ways to Zoom. But in this radical shakeup in the order of things, when I am still, I see the beauty and the terror and my own contradictory nature.
Coming home to self takes courage and willingness. As the prospect of travel fades, there are plenty of experiences waiting in self-exploration. To help, I’ve put together some of my favourite resources, suggestions and sensual pleasures for a spiritual growth spurt.*
Read – light a candle
Drinking the rain by Alix Kates Shulman At fifty, Alix Kates Shulman, left a city life dense with political activism, family and literary community, and went to live alone on an island off the coast of Maine. On a windswept beach, in a cabin with no plumbing, power, or telephone, she found that she was learning to live all over again.
The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rowland A toolkit to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Become more in lust with life than you’d ever thought possible.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.
When I Talk To You: A cartoonist talks to God by Michael Leunig “God rest us. Rest the part of us which is tired. Awaken the part of us that is asleep. God awaken us and wake within us. Amen
Cook – play music
Buy food that you’ve always wanted to cook but never had the time. In lockdown, embrace slow food: simmer, stew, soak, ferment and rise. Go here for inspiration… https://naturalmenopausehelp.com/category/recipes/
- vegetable stock concentrate
- savoury crackers
- bone broths
- bliss balls
- chai and herbal mixes,
- pate, soups, stews, curries to share with others. .
Drink – “chaiype” with a friend
Wrap your hands around these fabulous elixirs to enjoy with a friend over Skype or Zoom, or listening, reading and creating. Jing by Superfeast and Lunar Latte by NutraOrganics are both adrenal tonics that support the nervous system in times of flux, introduced by my friend Arcadia.
If you want to experiment with making your own chai, here is a recipe I’ve tried for dandelion chai. My favourite blends to buy are Calmer Sutra for dandelion chai and Prana for black chai and The Fresh Chai Co for rooibos chai.
Listen – and share
My favourite podcasts are
- Insights At The Edge with Tami Simon
- On Being with Krista Tippett
- Outrage and Optimism with Christiana Figueres
- Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed
- In The Deep with Catherine Ingram
- Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
Create – for no other reason than you can!
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” says Albert Einstein. Let your imagination guide you and witness creativity in action. On Confinement is a wonderful introductory read to inspire imaginary travel in small spaces.
- Create a mood or vision board that will help your visualise the world you want to wake up to.
- Sort through old boxes of photos or letters and set up an altar of photos, with objects and memorabilia that bring joy and beauty to the space.
- Journal, write, create poetry. Get inspiration from your favourite blogs. Expand your world view, be choosy what you read and mindful of how easy it is to be sucked into the anxiety-making vortex of media.
- Dance, create a home yoga/pilates/Qigong routine and round the movement out with stillness and meditation.
- Revive your garden and plant some vegetable seedlings or create a bountiful balcony with potted herbs.
- Refresh your physical space, your wardrobe, pantry, bookshelf. Get rid of clothes and accumulated stuff, clean, paint, tidy; bring order and beauty Marie Kondo style.
My urge is to simplify life, to walk backward into time where slow and still are valued. I’d love to hear what’s urging you on right now.
* phrase coined by Katrina Julienne