I recently listened to a lovely message by Erkart Tolle through his mail subscription and he talked about seeing this quarantine experience like a private retreat if we having the opportunity to be safe at home.
Now I know that this certainly will not be the case for some people. I want to at this point express my gratitude for having the opportunity to firstly work from home with my husband and Son and to be safe. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I will certainly not take this for granted.
In some respects I am quite excited about having more time, I love a slower pace of life anyway. We home educate our son, although we are not at home for more than half of the week as we spend a lot of time outdoors, out in the local community meeting friends, going to groups, trips and play dates etc so this is a change for us, but is some ways we are very prepared for in in some ways too as we have lots of creative materials and now a lot more time to use them. Though I must admit we are really missing our friends and family and being able to go to our usual nature spots. But on the plus side where we live is so beautiful in the countryside and we have beauty and space on our front door step with very minimal access to other people.
It's been 4 weeks now for us being at home. I am keeping my mind strong by meditating every day as this supports me in keeping myself calm and connected to myself which keeps my anxiety at bay. I feel calm, connected, happy and content and I can't tell you how much this makes a difference to my well being. If you are looking to try meditation I recommend 21 days to abundance on you tube, they are short meditations each day that are really short. I only really became connected with mediation last year when I was challenged by a friend to run a group on this 21 day meditation. I loved the experience and have seen a dramatic transformation in myself, very minimal anxiety and I am more patient, fulfilled with life and able to move through each day not becoming triggered by usual things which would annoy me most of the time.
So now the big question.
What have you always wanted to do but never had the time for?
I'm sure there is more than one thing on your list right?
Now is the time to pursue even one of those things.
We are so blessed in this day and age to have access to resources online, so many given away for free and easy tutorials.
You might want to spend time doing nothing, try out some toga or meditation or maybe it's a new skills like knitting, building something, growing something, spending more time learning to cook delicious food.
Whatever is on your list, I'll bet you can find some time to pursue one of them and make a start on it.
Here are some of the things on my list that I have already done/started that I have wanted to do for a while.
Start The Rooted Family Blog
Sew some little puppets for gifts for my nieces
Work through Julia Cameron's book The Artists Way again but this time in an online group.
Organise sections of my house that I have neglected for a while
Writing letters to people in my community to support them at this time
Planted some seeds
Here's some of the things I have yet to get on with. However some of them are longer projects so I will likely break some of these down into shorter segments to complete. Such as learn to crochet one square. This will eventually build up to knitting all the granny squares together.
Make sourdough bread
Use my embroidery kit I had last year from Craft pod
Crochet a blanket
Knit a present for George's birthday
Continue editing and organising family photographs and design albums
Spend time doing nothing and being present
Write an e book
I would LOVE to hear about what you are interested in learning about. Drop me a message to tell me about it!
Happy Creative Quarantine!