Take this opportunity to indulge yourself!
Day 67/366 days Towards Self Mastery. Mood: really tired
With all the fuss around a Coronavirus epidemic that isn't, in Australia, I thought today I would get my pantry stocked up, get some extra prescription meds and settle into social distancing. As I have a chronic respiratory condition and the weather is changing to autumn, it's a time when my immune system and yours goes through a bit of an adjustment. In other words, it's one of my more vulnerable times.
Addressing my preparation for a time in isolation should I get sick, then, took priority today. My greatest concern was cat food for my kitty. But nope, it was my medications that were in short supply. Still, all going well, they'll arrive by Tuesday.
Tomorrow I'll prepare a few meals and I'll take Sarah's suggestion for today and prepare a "comfy drawer".
Prepare a lovely drawer with a pretty liner and soft tissue paper, for a collection of things that bring your comfort.
It's a perfect idea for times like these when you may find yourself sick and isolated.
Collect something to sip on, something yummy to snack on, something lovely for a long soak in a bath, something cosy to wear and a wrap for around your shoulders, a good read, some fond memories and some candles.
Carefully place them all in your comfy drawer ready for when you need them. Or if you have a free Sunday as I have tomorrow, you could just plump up your pillows, stay in your pyjamas, light the candles on your bedside table and indulge all day.
Definitely a great idea as an addition to my Covid-19 pandemic isolation kit. It might be a good idea to throw a few paracetamol in that drawer as well. Maybe some rescue remedy, and a couple of homeopathic remedies that might be helpful.
With all this preparation though, I have to wonder whether I'm actually inviting this virus to come right on into my life.
Seriously though, if you are going to get this scary virus, or the flu this winter, even a cold that makes you feel miserable, use the time to comfort yourself, to rest well and leave your worries outside the door for a while.
You don't have to wait until you get sick. Take some time whenever you can to indulge in some "me" time, and rest your weary bones.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.