Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
I love being stuck at home and feeling the calm, grounded energy of my neighbors having to stay home too. It feels stabile, even though there is a virus on the loose. This is a time of quiet reflection and contemplation for everyone. A time to be caring, to come together.
I am in bed and instead of being productive and making art videos for you and your children to watch, I am resting. I woke up in the morning with a cough a few chills and at slight temperature. I am learning that I can have fears without being fearful. I wasn't sure if I was just feeling ill or coming down with "the virus".
Before I confined myself to the bedroom, Andrea and I were in the process of making a vision board. We looked through an accumulation of clothing and travel catalogues, tearing out pages and cutting out images. Italy, a river cruise, clothes from SunDance, a renewed romance with my husband. Andrea was creating a new bright wardrobe for herself "this is so much fun, I haven't taken time to do something like this in a long time" she said (Andrea works very hard).
This is a wonderful time to wonder, ponder and wish for what you want, not just what you need. Sure this is a very serious time. We are all stepping up, more and more every day. This is hard and tiring stuff and we need rest and recovery.
If you need something to do and still feel restful, get a catalogue and imagine yourself with all the things that make your mouth water and give you that "ooouuuu-ahhhhh" feeling. Even if you can't afford the clothes, trips, rugs, house or whatever it is, just play with the possibility of it all being yours somehow, someway, sometime.
Cut and paste your dreams on a piece of cardboard. Hang it by your bed so when you wake up your dreams are right there reminding you "I have dreams in life!". Playing, being imaginative and having fun are the best immune builders. Envisioning is a great way to take a journey without leaving home. Someday you might find yourself on that boat wearing that shirt and flirting with that someone special in a new way, all while soaking up the sunshine and smiling at the world.
For now, be safe, stay your distance and keep playing with ideas that make your life, the world and everyone beautiful. In this incredible journey we are so brave and courageous to embark on together we need time to play and recover, to imagine and have fun.
Update: I took my temperature in the evening and it was below normal. I have been taking lots of herbs and oils made up by Andrea, who is an herbalist and earth moma extrordinaire, so I feel very lucky.