Bohemian Musing ~ Dec 28, 2020
Whisperings from Paradise Found
Annnddd....like that the holiday push is complete. Thanks be to Baby Jesus! :). I don't know about you, but I struggle with the holidays, Christmas in particular. As many of you know, I have a seven year old (plus 2 older children), and the pressure (I put on myself) to make Christmas extra magical, plus buy all the presents for all the people, plus run a couple of businesses, plus keep homeschooling, plus doing laundry, plus cleaning the house, plus walking the dogs....you get the idea. I usually end up feeling like a crazy person by Christmas Eve. And we're not even Christian! So, why do we do it? Such a good question. Well, the feeling of relief on Christmas morning when everything is finally done is pretty orgasmic, but not orgasmic enough for all the hassle! Mostly, we do it because it's how are parents and grandparents did it, and we haven't taken the time to have the conversation about how we would change it if we could. Like many things, I haven't taken the time to imagine a different way. So, it stays the same. And my little one absolutely loves it. She still believes in Santa and all the magic that goes along with that. So, it will stay the same for at least one more year. But, I will definitely be spending some time this winter allowing myself to imagine what a perfect holiday season would look like. I bet it'll be effing magical! I hope you are having a beautiful and contemplative holiday season.
Much Love to You, My Beauties,
This Week's Openings: Book Today
Tuesday, 29th: 2pm
Wednesday, 30th: 1030am
Saturday, January 2nd: 7am
What I'm Reading...Braiding Sweetgrass
I can't believe I just discovered this book. It is absolutely amazing and thought altering. It is not a quick read and I will probably read it multiple times during my life. It is dense and lovely in all the right ways. I highly recommend listening to this book as an audio book. The author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, does the reading, and I feel that you get so much more out of the book by hearing her voice and cadence as she shares from her experience.
"As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on "a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings--asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass--offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return."
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Daniel Gerhartz - Dawn of Hope
Self-Care Tip: Find Time to Be Unapologetically Lazy
It is officially Winter. It's cold. It's dark. Other animals are hibernating or have left for warmer climates. We should take the hint. Winter is time to slow down and allow ourselves to be quiet and warm and cozy and lazy. We feel the need for this deep in our bones, but our society and lives dictate the need to keep Running.All.The.Time. Stop. Don't keep running. Find a day, a morning, an afternoon, an evening, or an hour at least every week to curl up on the couch or in your bed an do absolutely nothing. Maybe stare at the ceiling. Maybe read a trashy magazine. Whatever you feel like. Listen to your body. Listen to your bones. Pay attention to Mother Nature. We are not separate from Mother Earth. Do as she does.
What is an Unwinding Session?
Bohemian Unwinding focuses on the connection between the body, mind and spirit. During this session hands-on energy work, guided meditation, aromatherapy and sound therapy are used in the safety of a healing cocoon to help clients relax their energetic core, expand into their energetic body and release tension stored in the body. Clients are fully clothed for the session. It is highly recommended that a couple of peaceful hours be set aside after the session for integration and grounding.
Remember! Humor is an important part of the healing process. Let's not take ourselves too seriously ;)
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