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