With so much of the conversation around the uncertain times we are living in, I wondered how could I contribute in a calm, powerful, meaningful way. How could I add my voice to the conversation that would add value and be of service?
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know that most posts are written from my real life. That I share what is working for me in hopes it will be helpful to someone else.
Today I am sharing my journaling process.
I begin writing with a statement such as “I realize that these uncertain times are a test of my ability to keep my vibration high, to help others with a positive outlook.” Then I get curious.
I ask myself what benefits can come out of a slow down, of staying closer to home? How can I stay grounded in the knowledge that we are safe and trust that life is unfolding as it should? What selfcare tools can I employ here?
Here are my selfcare suggestions.
- Keep looking for moments of joy. If you’ve read my first book, you will know that during my treatment for breast cancer I developed a practice of looking for 5 things that brought me joy while walking to the hospital. When you notice a moment of joy, take the time to notice how your body feels in that moment.
- Find ways to connect with one another. Walk with a friend, send a note, chat over Skype or What’s App.
- Buy some beautiful flowers.
- Order something from your favourite independent businesses. I have stocked up on my fibre supplies and plan to order take-out from some local restaurants.
- Plan a new project. I have a series of three new mats I am hooking about love – Unconditional, Intentional and Extravagant. They were inspired by a quote from author, feminist and social justice activist L.R. Knost about “Do not be dismayed…”. You can see the full quote in this blog post.
- Eat well and get enough rest.
Once I have written several pages in my journal I finish with an exercise from page 51 of my second book called These Things I Know & What Do I Need Right Now? This is a journaling exercise that helps me when I am overwhelmed and don’t know what my next steps should be. It is also helpful to stop that feeling of panic or mind spinning as it guides me back to the present moment.
The exercise begins with making a list of the strengths I bring to the situation – These Things I Know. Some of the items on my current list are:
I am well; I have lots to do in terms of submitting for exhibits, preparing for upcoming projects, writing; I am keeping in close touch with my family; Spring is coming.
The second part of the exercise is to write What do I need right now? My list looks like this:
Walking; spend time hooking & spinning; trust all is well and is working out; limit the amount of news and conversation about uncertainty; look for beauty and moments of joy.
I hope you will find something in this process that is helpful, and that inspires you.
I am available to help with custom designs, whether it is to help you design a mat, or to design and hook you a mat that is based on what you need right now. Feel free to connect with me.