Sunday, March 6, 2022

One of You Should Have Told Me

 Pic: Last week at the doctor's office when I realized that my mask was on upside down AFTER the appointment. I thought I saw her smirk and giggle. Why didn't you tell me? 

Hello Friends! I hope you all are doing well today. It's been awhile since I've blogged. No excuses, just a very busy life that is ever-changing. Oops...maybe that was an excuse. I find a goal post. The post is moved. I start again. Has your life ever felt like that? 

I've been in a bit of an emotional and personal transition in the past few months, needing time to process and think, and desiring solitude and time to myself. My writing/music studio is being revamped with new colors and decor. I've added a thick white rug and cozy throws and pillows. Most of the pillows are on the floor for sitting meditation, strewn about in front of the piano. There's a new world globe that matches the earth colors I chose - blues, greens, browns, and just a small touch of earthy red. New curtains and a large shefflera plant placed beside my writing desk for clean air and inspiration. It's so big my granddaughter thinks it's a tree.  My "space" feels more like me and it's paying off.  I'm writing songs again. Writing a fair amount of poetry in the middle of the night (!) and song lyrics flowing together from some river in my soul I forgot I possessed. Wake up! Wake up and write this down!! 

Studying and reading that stack of books in the corner I've been meaning to get to forever and ordering new ones too.  And without the added purposeful act of meditating each morning, I don't know where I'd be. I've always carved out a "me space" for creativity and reflection time - even as a young bride many eons ago  I had a table, a cross, a candle, books, and writing tools - before Zen became a thing, I was Zen. 

 For over two years now I've added guided meditation to my morning mix. It's helped everything in my life, especially anxiety. I'm calmer. Focused. My blood pressure is lower. I'm clear and centered (most of the time) unless I'm at the doctor's office where my White-Coat-Syndrome rears its ugly head and my numbers go through the roof. **Breathe, Mimi. Breathe**   It's just a rooommmm.

And what of the world? We're living on a crazy planet right now. Fresh out of a pandemic (almost) and tiptoeing into global uncertainty. Watching the news is terrifying. Seeing the citizens of Ukraine face down tanks in the street is ...well....also terrifying AND inspiring. We need the bombing in Ukraine to stop. I can't fathom that 1.5 million people (half of them children) have fled  the country. My heart is breaking.  Refugees. No water or food. No electricity. Running for their lives. It's 2022 and this is the world we are dealing with?  People are having to defend their homes and homeland in the streets? Remember the disbelief we all felt when the pandemic started in 2020? People all over the world were engaged in trying to find a solution, trying to protect themselves and their families, dying, fighting political nonsense and railing against losing "freedoms?" But this.... It feels like 911 magnified x100. The word nuclear has found its way back into our dialogue?  **Breathe, Mimi. Breathe.**

It's hard to talk about the ups and downs of my tiny little daily dramas when others are in such dire circumstances. Write a funny post? Mmmmmaybe not today. 

I'm going to continue to uplift the people of Ukraine and the rest of the world. I'm going to say prayers of protection for the people and leaders of Ukraine and the leaders of the world, for wisdom and clarity, knowing that collective peaceful energy is powerful. I'm going to plant sunflowers on the mountain. I'm going to post peace globes because people are asking to see them. It makes me happy to know that more people want peace than war. I'm going to write and sing and dance around the house whenever I feel moved to do so - even if I don't feel like dancing, I will dance and turn the music up very loud. I'm going to seek out the "helpers" in this war (that's what Mr. Rogers always said to do when you're afraid) and I'll see how I can help in some tangible way. I'm planting peace in my own little world. 
I think that keeping myself grounded is helping. 

What are you doing to stay grounded in this day we live in?
Peace and love

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Ned Hamson said...

Bless, have mercy, forgive, protect and heal... is my semi-constant meditation-prayer - I add the names of those closest to me and the leaders of nations in conflict. And often I simply add to those I love and know and anyone who needs to be blessed, have mercy, be forgiven, protected or healed. Keeps me centered.

Mimi Lenox said...

Ned - That is beautiful.

Mark In Mayenne said...

I am grounded by the ground. I am digging my garden, preparing it to nurture the green life I will be introducing.

The Gal Herself said...

Listen to Snickers. When you share your home with a cat, you have brought a wild thing indoors. You've got nature curled up beside you. I have found felines are often in tune with vibrations we don't get. (Yes, I'm a crazy cat lady. What's your point?)

Ukraine. I saw a bloody mattress being hauled away from a maternity hospital that had been hit. I didn't need to be told what happened there. I can't shake that visual. For a peace loving mother and grandmother like you, I appreciate how difficult this must be for you. Breathe, Mimi. As a world, we have been here before. We got through then, we'll get through now.

Masks! After two years, I still haven't figured out how to keep my glasses from fogging up.

Mimi Lenox said...

Mark - "Grounded by the ground" is a beautiful thing. I love having my hands in the soil. I'm sure you're garden will be beautiful this year.

Mimi Lenox said...

Gal- Snickers is a gift! She seems to know when I'm in a mood and hangs around silently staring. I don't think you're a crazy cat lady. It's true. She knows.

Ukraine - I am feeling sadness. We all are. I can barely watch what is happening to the children, especially...holding space and breathing. "Observe, not absorb" is a good mantra right now. Thanks for the kind words.

Masks - I still wear mine in public. Hardly anyone here does the same, and they're not required at my grandson's school anymore. Still fogging my reading glasses....LOL

Always a pleasure, my friend.

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