‘The issue is to fill your inner room with light…so that all that darkness or fear and panic can not set in.
The only way to be conscious, the only way to be conscientious, the only way to live in deep compassion for others right now is to mainly stay home.
Love will prevail and we will be better people on the other side of this’Marianne Williamson
When I started pondering this month’s article I was going to write something very different. Then, I found this quote and thought I’d use it. But now it’s clear, by the time you are reading this we won’t be ‘mainly staying home’, we will be REQUIRED to.
How quickly our lives and the world around us have changed. Here are a few tips to help your home life during this challenging time:
- Make your bed. Everyday.
- Create a screen/tech/news free space somewhere in your home (ideally the bedroom).
- Ritual/Routines – structuring your time with some rituals and routines can be a helpful way to stay grounded and intentional. I light a stick of incense each morning, sending gratitude to my ancestors and descendants. However, at the moment I’m using this time to send prayers out (on the smoke) to protect and bless all the health care & essential service workers, to the elderly, the vulnerable and of course those infected with COVID-19.
- Spiritual practices – can you implement or return to a home based spiritual practice? Yoga, prayer, meditation, mindful breathing, self reiki. Ask what does spiritual self care look like to me and what time of day will I dedicate to practicing it?
- Music – from healing mantras to fun 80’s music, music can instantly shift the vibe of your home. If you need idea’s search EmilyJR on Spotify to find specific playlists to fill your home with light, protect and cleanse it. Another thing circulating is a simple and empowering song you can learn to sing with children (or anyone really). Google search ‘Music in isolation – Every little cell’ and you will get a link to a fabulous youtube clip by registered music therapist Allison Davies.
- Nature time – can you spend time each day in your garden, watching clouds out a window, or listening for different bird calls? Nature is medicine.
Lastly, try to remember that nothing lasts forever and we will get through this together. As the Dali Lama says….’peace begins at home’ and now we have an opportunity and responsibility, to really start living this. Love will prevail and right now the most loving thing we can do is to focus on one day at a time…