‘This,’ being the virus that’s taken over the world.
How lucky are we that it hit us here in the southern hemisphere, as we were approaching winter.
And now as we are in the middle of winter.
Can you imagine if this was happening in spring? Worse yet, summer? With the waves at the beach beckoning, lush fields sprawling green, and sunny days singing out, calling us out…
But NO. RESTRICTIONS.
Can you imagine?
Look, I’m under no misconceptions that this could go on for ages. Months. Years even. As one example, international flights are meant to be delayed ’til next year.
We might be living in, what I hate to say for the fact of it being thrown around so much, but this ‘new normal,’ where social distancing, limited group numbers, more done from the comfort of our homes, and sanitising sanitising sanitising, become part of our way of life for the indefinite future.
But hopefully, we pass the peak, NOW.
While the skies go grey. As the rain pours. During the strongest height of wind, and as the temperatures struggle to hit double digits.
Let it come now, let it come. How lucky are we, that it is cold, and we don’t wanna go anywhere.
On my centenary of getting there (let’s face it, our whole life we are trying to ‘get there’) we are celebrating one very important thing.
Total cause for celebration.
One month of winter is DOWN.
WOO HOO! I know times ahead are still tough, particularly for us Victorians at the moment, but it gives me much joy to know that we’ve survived one month of winter amidst all the other crap that’s been thrown at us.
Something freaky was going on. I was unhinged. Emotional. A wreck. So much to do, and yet complete unwillingness to do anything at all.
Was someone sticking needles into a mini-me? Was it Karma? Some huge Universal lesson I was being taught?
Was it just the fact I am sick of this super long, super strong, superman-type cold I’ve had for the past 3 months?
Is iso finally making me crack, true and proper?
It’s one of those things, that I just don’t know. I may never know.
But there is ONE THING I KNOW for certain.
Today is the shortest day. June 21st.
It is the day of the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.
And also, the anniversary of our engagement sooo many years ago.
As soon as I discovered in 2016, that the winter solstice fell on our engagement anniversary, I was intrigued.
Firstly, I knew it was nota coincidence, because I don’t believe in those.
A day marking the end of the old, and the rebirth of great beginnings and hope, to fall on our engagement day… it was NOT a coincidence.
I am compelled to write and remind people about it every year, and I feel like my winter solstice journey in life is only just beginning.
The day that the southern hemisphere is tilted furthest away from the sun, hence getting the least amount of sunshine, is the day that we call this, the shortest day.
At a time of the greatest darkness, it can be understood then that symbolically it is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation and self-reflection.
Through darkness, comes light. Through trying times, springs hope.
And even though there is a lag between the shortest day, and us experiencing the coldest winter days yet, because of our hemisphere here still cooling (yep, get ready folks) we can start to set intentions and make space for what we want in our lives, for this next chapter.
For this next chapter, of slowly, oh so slowly, increasing LIGHT.
Which brings me back to the beginning. Today was crappy. Many of you may be having shitty days like me. Shitty weeks. Hell it’s been months for me (and yet for some more of you, years).
Coronavirus has not helped.
But let’s be kind to ourselves. Let’s try. Try to accept this difficult time for what it is. And that is, a massive growing and learning experience.
The rebirth is here. Things are going to get better, they have to.
Winter is going to kick us hard, sure, but honestly, look how bad this year has been already.
I may have said it before, but growing up in my teens, I used to tell bestie that one day I wanted to have a beach house.
I didn’t know how. I didn’t know when.
To be honest, I didn’t even know if it were possible.
It certainly didn’t seem possible at the time.
And yet… isn’t it funny how things end up working out?
Water isn’t only my recluse. My solace. Living near, being close to, or sitting under water has been shown to bring about many benefits to ALL people, some of which are lowered stress and anxiety, and just a greater sense of wellbeing.
In the Summer, I am far more relaxed. Yet I still find myself breathing deeply when wading through the beach waters, taking it all in, and giving myself a moment to meditate with my eyes open.
In the colder months… different story.
Driving past the beach helps. As does looking out the window. But another way I find water submersion in Winter, is in my own home.
I had planned on an end-of-week bath, but today, as mentally and emotionally stressed as I found myself, I realised I needed to hurry the ‘me time’ to tonight.
So, what do I do?
I light a candle. Make sure the water is HOT.
And then, not very much at all. That is the whole point after all.
I do watch my thoughts. I open myself up to the Universe, to see what questions come to me, and what answers just as quickly flow through me.
I remain impassive. I let go, my fingers floating on the surface of the water.
I breathe in light, love, and all the good in the world. All of my hopes, desires and dreams.
And I breathe out negativity, and that which does not serve me…
Then I pull the plug.
And the black energy I’ve expelled, goes down the drain.
I’m happy to report it’s another support local post! And you can not any more local than across the road, DOWN THE STREET, local.
I’m proud to say that Flock Café is our local coffee joint, and so conveniently close to home. However today was not one of those usual days that we could have walked there, what with the hellish weather and all.
So we jumped in the car and drove the very short distance over, to grab one of their cookie decorating boxes.
I saw they were promoting them some days ago, and amidst shop closures and takeaway ONLY, thought it was a great way to support local business, all the while finding something fun for baby girl to do, because God knows I need ideas!
She had so much fun, and I loved watching her get creative.
Ahh, creativity. I just love it. Those piles of sweet candy tasted insanely great upon the deliciously soft cookie base too. 🙂 ♥