Life is sometimes very confusing. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
I have close friends, but we live far away from each other. Sometimes months go by where we don't talk, but when we do, it's like nothing changed or happened in between.
I think having friends and close relationships is important to our overall wellbeing, but the lockdown has taught me that it's totally possible to be isolated and have no contact with people you love and care about you while you take care of and focus on YOU.
@SandSeaSistar Haha I LOVE mangoes too! In fact I have a ripe one just waiting to be eaten! I'll try and enjoy it as much as you do. Thanks for sharing 😊
@Kingdomaire I too realised that in most situations of suffering, my thoughts and reactions were what caused the suffering in the first place...
Like you, I learned the importance of self compassion and patience and it's a wonderful thing! I'm working through a Byron Katie book called "I need your love - is that true?" and it gives a very practical yet profound workaround for dealing with thoughts. It's been a great help to me.
I think that self-love, patience and acceptance of ourselves as we Read more… are are some of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those around us, and I'm so happy to hear that many of us are doing just that. Thank you for sharing ✨
I live in an apartment in the heart of the old town so I don't even have a balcony, but I do have an inward facing terrace, and a few months ago we started a little urban garden where we planted celery and a few other things. So far the only thing that's grown has been the celery and it's nearly ready to harvest! There's also a parsley plant that comes and goes, but so far I haven't been able to use much of it. I think it's because we don't get much sunlight here, but it's really nice having a Read more… bit of green to look at and touch, at least.
That's so true! @vind111 I think living fully in the present moment is a great way to do that, (in my case, at least) and realising that thoughts are just thoughts and not our reality. Thank you, thank you, thank you ☺️
I know this might sound indulgent as I live in a city where a bath tub is sometimes considered a luxury, but I LOVE taking a hot bath with some essential oils.
Also just switching off my devices, lighting some incense and sitting quietly in my room is nice. At least it helps me find some calm.
Sometimes I'm so stressed out that I forget to breathe and the situation elevates. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I am often left feeling sad and somewhat deflated. When this happens, I really Read more… just try to spend as much quiet time alone to get over it. Yoga also helps, and short 5-minute meditations (if they are good 😇)
But my best stress reliever, I have to say, has been cooking with music :)
I'm cooking a lot too! I've never been a baker, but I experiment here and there. Most times the cakes come out too dry or just flopped! Then I feel forced to eat them coz I don't want to waste the ingredients 😅
@Calvin you're so lucky to at least have a garden. We have a tiny sliver of a terrace where I get about 20 minutes of sun a day, but I have to stand up as there's no space to sit or lie down.
I also really like curling up with a good book, drinking more tea than usual, and only spending Read more… the essential hours on my laptop during the day. I've signed up to a few online courses which start next week. I'm really looking forward to those, and I just love the live workout and yoga sessions during the day! Not that I join them or anything... 😆