I'm not sure about you, but the days seem to be both zipping by and at a total standstill simultaneously. We are living in times that are requiring us to see life through as many lenses as possible. Perhaps in ways we have never imagined. These are difficult times, yet through those difficulties, good and beautiful things are also unfolding. The more we can centre in ourselves regardless of what is unfolding around us, the faster we can feel the benefits also unfolding.
We are immersed in a world of fear at the moment. There are times when fear is useful, as it is a human survival instinct. Like the fear that spikes your adrenaline to get out of the path of a hungry lion or off the road with a speeding car with no brakes. With so many people now experiencing the same fears, cautions, and limitations, we seem to be able to widen the lens and not let fear's collateral damage take hold. That in itself is liberating. How many people do you know that are surprising themselves with resiliency they didn't know they had? We are in a place that none of us would chose to be. Everyone's coping skills are being tested and I think many are surprised at how well they are doing. Even our failings are teaching us to be stronger, wiser, more aware, and kinder.
In this predominantly global lockdown, we have the perfect opportunity to learn one of the hardest things to attain.. how to be still with patience and grace. We will for sure fail miserably at times, and other times become our own best friend.
This too shall pass remains my mantra for 2021 while reminding me that the sweet succulent moments also pass and to not miss an ounce of joy that is accessible.
I am so grateful to have been busy making mindful gifts since my return to Canada in September. The custom requests, malas, meditation rings and the being peace collection was a beautiful focus. The new X ring has been warmly received. As is the 'this too shall pass' wrist mala, that I believe should be on everyone's wrist. Thank you, thank you. Now its reflection time for the unfolding year with Mindful Necessities. While practicing stillness to listen to the calls and direction, my hands are still happy for the opportunity to create.
I was notified recently that the wonderful home of our Ireland retreats is on the market, however, current bookings on the calendar will be honoured. Although there is no crystal ball on the lifespan of this pandemic, I couldn't let this venue that housed so many beautiful and meaningful memories slip away. By September we will deserve a retreat. A chosen retreat to really nourish the very cells of our hearts. No?
The Ireland Experiential/Meditative Journey will be booked for Aug 28 - Sept 4 or Sept 4 - 9. If this calls your name, email me. We will not take deposits just yet, but I need to know who would like to come. Obviously if the pandemic is still shadowing our ability to feel safe in the world by September, it will be cancelled and monies refunded. To know more about the the retreat outlines, visit: https://www.mindfulnecessities.com/pages/retreat-brochure.
The Italy Experiential/Meditative Retreat will take place May 21 - 29, 2022. This very special retreat focused on mindfulness and gastronomy will be well worth the wait.
Both of these retreats are very small, so if this sounds like a bright light at the end of the tunnel, let me know. Why not dream together.
Holding space for what unfolds for us all.. with love, a lotus and a smile,