Those fuzzy days

We all have them.

Stormy times
Stormy times

 

There are those days when I am, to use my daughter’s word for feeling off either physically or spiritually: “fuzzy.”  Last week, I had a fuzzy week.  I don’t know if it is over yet.  Ha ha.

We all have them.  What to do when you get the fuzzies?  I have found certain touchstones help center me and come out on the other shore.  I’m talking about that sacred shore where mind and body meld into one — and aren’t at odds with each other.

A steaming cup of tea with a slosh of milk is a start.  Okay, many cups of tea.

PG Tips is my favorite
PG Tips is my favorite

 

Throw my body onto the yoga mat and meditate, followed by some downward dog and enthusiastic chatturangas.  Never fails.   Oh, and going for a walk:  always good.  Just get up and get out.

Feels so good
Feels so good

 

Write in my journal.  I love to make lists, pros and cons, to do, accomplishments, goals.  I write dreams, memories, character sketches.  I confront my feelings and get to the core of the fuzzy.

Love writing by hand
Love writing by hand

 

Read a good book.  Always illuminating and escapeful (yes I just made up that word).  Just what the doctor ordered.  This one is a prizewinning account of life in a Mumbai slum.

What I'm reading now
What I’m reading now

 

Knit for awhile.  I love the sensuality and intrigue of beautiful yarns. I’ve been knitting since high school. What’s your craft?

Making a baby blanket right now
Making a baby blanket right now

 

Learn something new.   Last week I learned two new things.

First, a young student of mine taught me how to make one of these.  Well not this fancy, but I’ll get there!

It's a mandala!
It’s a mandala!

 

A mandala is as much about the process of making it, as it is the finished product.  So of course I went to the store and bought a handful of colorful threads to carry on.

 

And then, I learned another meditative activity this week.

The crane is a symbol of good luck
The crane is a symbol of good luck

 

A Japanese woman gave an origami workshop at OneDropMexico Zen . The Japanese have a long and beautiful relationship with paper and fabric. The two-hour session gave me exactly what I needed: a vacation from the incessant chatter of my mind.

Feeling better, thank you.

The other shore
The other shore

 

xo Liza

P.S. What do you do when you’re feeling fuzzy?  Do tell!  Any comfort foods or activities that center you and put you back on the path?

 

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PG Tips is my favorite

4 thoughts on “Those fuzzy days

  1. I often walk when I want to chase away the “fuzzies” or just when I need to make a decisión that’s not coming easily. My other strategy is to walk around my garden, wáter something, plant some seeds or just clip away dead leaves. I don’t know if it’s the fresh air or the birdsong or just a calming dose of concentration on simple things, but it works. I tend to agree with you, tho’, mostly we just have to wait it out and do something pleasant and active until our focus comes back.

  2. I’m finally on the “green smoothie” train – and it does seem to clear my fuzzie brain days. Tiny bit of Coconut milk, pineapple, lots of spinach, and a couple Ts of milled flaxseed. Or lemon juice, green apple, kale and a generous pinch of fresh grated ginger.

    1. Love this idea of green smoothie as med for the fuzzier. I think you may be on to something here! Will def try it. By the way, everyone, Marg is a friend from…kindergarten is it? Amazing! Thanks for joining Camp Liza!

  3. Chloe, thanks for sharing about walking around your garden. I love the image of walking around in nature, clipping and snipping, “pruning” your thoughts, as it were, whilst making your garden more beautiful.

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