In gentle ways, you can find peace of mind.

In gentle ways, you can find peace of mind.

Discombobulated comes to mind.  The feeling I have now about the world.  To find solace is my mission these days, especially as we are on the cusp of the holiday season.  So what gives me peace of mind lately?

  1. I learned to make sourdough bread from a professional baker.  The process is exacting but a relief for my busy mind as it focuses and settles in on each and every step.  It is also very tactile (sticky, doughy hands, my friends).  It feeds my creative soul and lowers my blood pressure. Follow The Table on FB to learn about upcoming bread classes.
  2. Listening to podcasts is also a source of calmness if you pick the right ones.  I recently listened to Dolly Parton’s America and found peace in knowing there are wonderful people like Dolly doing their part to make the world a nicer place to live.  Listening to her sing 9 to 5 lifts my spirit every time.
  3. Gardening even in the winter months gets me outside of my own head, pulling weeds, tilling a new garden bed, and researching plants for the next growing season.  This year, we put in blackberry canes and they now thickly cover our backyard fence.  In a month or so, we will need to cut the canes back to 18 inches so that hopefully next summer we will get a few berries as the canes grow again.  Gardening is about nurturing both the plants and our spirit over time.
  4. Yoga is an integral part of our lives.  I learned to breathe late in life and oxygen is truly a miracle drug.  Namaste.
  5. Petting my daughter’s dog, Boo.

I am so blessed to have RM by my side, our children all healthy and working in purposeful jobs, and that on Ashland there is peace, joy and happiness.  I wish the same for all the children of the world. But I know it is not true. If able, please consider a donation to a nonprofit trying to make a positive impact in a discombobulated world.



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