This past week I made a decision to spend more time in my daily life doing self-healing activities. I have felt that I need to take care of myself, a concept that many women ignore. Women are busy being caregivers, wage earners, and household organizers. We often forget that to be able to give our energy, we must first create and store energy. One cannot give what one does not have.
I started taking tai chi class again after a ten-year hiatus. This is a very centering and calming form of exercise. I also downloaded an app on my iPad called, Calm. I bought the one-year contract, which enables me to use all of the many features it contains: guided meditation; breath work; sleep stories; nature sounds; ambient music; and more. And I spent time with small groups of women on two occasions this week. This is always healing and energizing.
Very quickly after making this conscious decision to care for myself, I had a great idea for a hooked project. I have been struggling for ideas, which I have mentioned in previous blogs, but maybe by the simple act of relaxing and looking within, I have unblocked my creativity. Time will tell, of course, but this is encouraging. When I flesh out this hooking idea, I will share it.
This past week I used a different hook as I continued to crochet an afghan for the guest room. I just felt like making one and it’s going to be pretty. The guest room is the one room in the house with lots of intermixed colors and patterns. I sometimes call it Lucy’s room [our granddaughter] or Pat’s room [my friend who likes to come and visit].
There’s a lot of beauty out there when one stops to look within. Calm. Serene. Healing. Energizing. Restorative.