Sometimes it feels like all we can do. I don't know how many times in the past year I've felt like this hawthorn, just holding on to the very last. How about you?
All around us, we see the last leaves, the last berries, the last bracts on the linden. And feel like with all the new stresses, we are on our last straw.
What can extend that last thing for you so that when the pandemic subsides, you come out if not unscathed, healed in some way.
In Susun Weed's writing she talks about the progression of healed, whole, holy.
How do we get in that space when our world's been drastically rearranged? For me it's a combination of remembering to get outdoors and remembering gratitude.
Seriously, get outdoors in whatever way you can. If there's any sun to be had, take off your coat and your glasses for a few minutes. There's not enough sun to make much Vitamin D (which is important to so many body processes?
Try to eat something wild each day, even if it's a dandelion leaf or a wild crafted herbal tea. Drink a wide assortment of wild crafted teas, bonus points for Nervines.
And seriously, if you are feeling fear, or shame, or guilt or blame or just overcome with doom scrolling and worry, check in with yourself. Take a deep breath and ask yourself, am I ok right now...this very second. Chances are you are. The situation can be dire, but in every second, need lies in the future and lack lies in the past. Just realizing that this very second is ok can give you the strength to hold on.
Don't forget to ask for the help you need. If you want to talk, I'm here. I'll soon be offering free and sliding scale online consultations as I'm going for an AHG RH certification and have some documentation to do. You will be anonymous, of course.