This morning for brunch, I had a delicious vegan crumpet stack with chia raspberry jam, coconut ice cream and biscuit cream.
The air was cold, but the sun was shining bright on this last day of Winter. 🌞
Hubbie and I also had lunch in the sun, out on the balcony. It feels like the longest time since we’ve done anything like that, it’s really been so cold and miserable out. But I had a summer hat on in the bright midday sun, and we munched away under the rays. 😎
I am so emotional at the moment. I cry at the drop of a hat, for sad, for happy. Feeling my eyes well up with tears is a common occurrence.
My bump is showing more. 😁😁
And on this last day of Winter, I have one thing to say to it…
The doors were open, it was sunny, it was still, and it was the perfect weather for some smudging.
I got into this practice a while ago after speaking to a feng shui expert. I have a bunch of sage, and the thing is to light the bottom wider part of the bunch and let it burn for a couple of seconds before blowing it out, and then walking around the house and allowing the smoke and scent to seep into as many areas and dead corners as you can.
What does it do? Well I’m not going to google this, so forgive me if my memory fails… basically it’s for good energy and good vibes. I set myself a little intention as I begin, then I repeat it like a mantra as I move from room to room, allowing the smoke to waft everywhere, focusing particularly around corners of rooms and around doors, places where energy can become stuck or stagnant.
You can even wave it over your own body, focusing on areas that you feel need a little love and attention, areas that may not be working as you like. I wave it over myself generally, then if I feel a certain area needs help I wave it around a little more there. 😉
Doors or windows have to be open, that’s a must. And I finish the smudging with an acknowledgement to this practice, to the people who did it before me, their customs and traditions.
I also have a Palo Santo stick.
I have them both in a cute little bowl I got last year which I think is very yin and yang what with its two colours, blue and a peachy pink. It’s filled with sand from my favourite local beach which brings me such joy, knowing I have a piece of one of my favourite places in my home. Together I light them when I feel like it, or just stick incense sticks into it, either way lovely scents enter the air.
I really had felt it necessary to cleanse myself of any negativity today, to remove what was unnecessary, unhelpful, focused on the past and revolving around fear, and when I get this intense wave of emotion I know what it is I have to do.
I followed this detoxing practice by sitting up on the balcony for a bit and taking the sun in. The day before going back to work, it felt super necessary to charge myself for the week.
I happened to look back inside through the mesh door, and saw my reflection in my bedroom dresser mirror on the other side of the room looking back at me, and I loved what I saw behind me…
That brilliant blue. The water, so clear, refreshing, still.
What a gloriously sunny Winter’s day it was today. 🌞
I was feeling a bit off, but come work-from-home knock-off time, after baby girl and I did our new routine of watching Friends with our coffee and babycino – yes, my 8-year-old (8!😮) is actually getting through the entire series of Friends! – we decided to go for a slow, leisurely walk around the block.
We found a basket of lemons, even though the sign said limes… maybe they were all out? 😂 And it was truly beautiful, being in the moment and just wandering through the still, sunny afternoon, hand in hand, talking about whatever floated into our minds.
I continued the slow and steady at home when I took a mag I bought recently to the balcony, to indulge in some more ‘me’ relaxation time.
Even on those days when you feel a little less than yourself, doing these small, therapeutic things can make the world of difference.