I've been doing some art but don't have anything to show yet. I'm actually allowing it to unfold rather than trying to sit down and finish a piece in one sitting. It feels good.
I've had some really stressful news over the past couple of days, all things I can't really do anything about at the moment. I've tried meditating, working out, escaping through tv and other things to let go of the anxiety. Nothing was working. My teenager wanted to play some games on the computer today and I decided to let him have it rather than trying to get my campaigns finished (I can do them tomorrow). I did some housework and then had a strong desire to be outside. I started weeding and ended up doing a lot, in the heat of the day, but miracle of miracles, when I stopped and came back in the anxiety was gone.
That is a secret that I will remember in the future. Just need to get my hands in mother earth. I loved weeding around the canteloupe and discovering that one of my watermelon plants has actually survived after all and may even have a couple of babies on her vines.
I picked basil and made myself some pasta with olive oil, parmesan, basil and a few spices for lunch. I love walking into my yard and picking my lunch and snacks. It feels so good. And, this probably sounds so weird, but it makes me feel so connected to my little garden. It nourishes us. I absolutely adore it.
Next year, I see a much bigger garden with many, many herbs!
If you're stressed, plant something and tend it. I'm just amazed at how the stress melted away today. Much more effective than just going for a walk or exercising.
I love the new things I am learning. It seems appropriate for this time of the new moon.
I suppose, for me, the challenges are necessary to push me out of my norm and discover these little tidbits that make my life, and hopefully the lives of my family, richer.
I am grateful.