Sometimes the world just wants to break you with all of its chaos. Right now my family is in the eye of the storm, with one of our own absolutely determined to destroy himself with alcohol. Nobody knows what to do and so we are just paddling water at the moment, trying to stay afloat. So for my own wellbeing, and for others who may be secretly struggling, here are a few things to bring you back to wellness, I like to call this an emotional first aid kit, but it’s also a protective amulet and a series lighthouses that will guide you through the storm back to shore, always comforting when you need it. This is going to be an ongoing series, I hope you enjoy it.
There is a Japanese practice called Kintusukoroi or kintsugi which means ‘golden repair’. Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold or platinum mixed with lacquer, so that the repair reflects the history of the breakage.
The repaired object mirrors the fragility and imperfection of life – and also its beauty and strength. The object returns to wholeness, to integrity.
Two widowed penguins comfort each other with the sparkling city lights of Melbourne to warm their little hearts
Scottish musician Jenny Sturgeon takes inspiration from Nan Shepherd’s book ‘The Living Mountain’ for her peaceful album
Souls love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you’ll be amazed-all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one. When many people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one, we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love. And don’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies-it’s all one. It’s one energy.
A moving poem by Indigenous Australian author Bruce Pascoe
Paul Barton plays Bach for a blind Asian Elephant in Thailand
“To be strong does not mean to sprout muscles and flex. It means meeting one’s own luminosity without fleeing, actively living with the wild nature in one’s own way. It means to be able to learn, to be able to stand what we know. It means to stand and live.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves
Whoever relies upon the Tao for governing men
doesn’t try to force issues
or defeat enemies by force of arms.
For every force, there is a counter force.
Violence, even well intentioned,
Always rebounds upon oneself.
The master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the currents of the Tao
Because he believes in himself,
he does not try to convince others,
Because he is content with himself,
he does not need others approval.
Because he accepts himself,
the whole universe accepts him.
Hang Drum Meditation Music
Comforting Thought: Ep’humin et ouk ep’humin
Ep’humin et ouk ep’humin (from Greek) Things that are under our control and things that are not under our control.
Of things that exist, some are in our power and some are not in our power. Those that are in our power are conception, choice, desire, aversion, and in a word, those things that are our own doing. Those that are not under our control are the body, property or possessions, reputation, positions of authority, and in a word, such things that are not our own doing. ~ Epictetus, Discourses.
E Pii, pō pō ia you are life’s tenderness
Hoki mai kake mai come, return
Hoki mai anō ki ahau rest in my arms
Ko au karanga nei you are me, I am you
E Pii, e Paa, e Pii pō pō e our richness is
Hoki mai rā each other
Head and Heart Reset Yoga
All round sweetie Adrienne Mishler and her dog Blue make you come home to your own body.
Book Recommendation: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax
This is one of the most prescient and important spiritual books ever written. My review coming up on the 14th of January
An ingenious, moving and funny pep talk from a mysterious man who sounds like a cowboy and pursues mythical beings through America.
Let’s be honest, the pandemic unleashed an absolute shit storm for some families, so if yours is affected, I hope this list of things give you some comfort. Let me know if it helped, and also if you have your go-to things to look at when you feel down.