Real Life

The Ritual of Self Care & Reflection When Sick

The cloud coverage has settled itself in for the long autumn stay here in the 𝑷̲̅𝒂̲̅𝒄̲̅𝒊̲̅𝒇̲̅𝒊̲̅𝒄̲̅ 𝑵̲̅𝒐̲̅𝒓̲̅𝒕̲̅𝒉̲̅𝒘̲̅𝒆̲̅𝒔̲̅𝒕̲̅. The rain is dousing the ground with some much-needed replenishment. We have been mirroring much of the California weather as of late.
I’m here in my sunroom, following behind my one-year-old, feeling cloudy, physically weak, and in pain as my anxiety starts to rise slowly. I can feel it simmering at the top of my spine. Have you felt that before? I can feel the metal in my neck stiffening (definitely in my head), and my heart begins to race. As a working mom, I cannot afford to get sick. But here I am… 
It has captured me, brutal, but also taunting, while it says “At least I’m not covid!” 


We ALL Have Rituals

rit·u·al
/ˈriCH(o͞o)əl/
noun
a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.
”the role of ritual in religion”
adjective
relating to or done as a religious or solemn rite.
”ritual burial”
A ritual, for me, is the act of many of my mundane tasks that I take great care and enjoyment doing.
We All Have Rituals

First 3 Things I Make with my Fresh Lavender: An Original Medicine

1. Fresh lavender will last up to ten days arranged in a container of water if you simply want them filling up the air with their fragrance and looking pretty. They will only last around 10 days. If I have extra lavender, this is what I do, especially in my kitchen where a lot of the family dynamics happen in my home. It helps relieve stress and calms the nerves, so that’s a must in a home of two boys, a moody teenage daughter, a German Shepherd pup, an asshole cat and a grouchy retired veteran for a husband.

Are the Stories of the Moon True?

In Shakespeare’s “Othello,” Emilia tells Othello that the moon has “drawn too close to the Earth” — and driven men insane.

The idea that full moons hold power, can disrupt emotion state of minds, and might even cause physical illness or changes, is a very strong belief for generations and even in today’s generation.

In fact, one study says that nearly 81 percent of mental health professionals believe that the moon has the power of making some people ill.

Here’s what researchers have found about the moon’s effects on human bodies and behavior.