There are a lot of people at home right now—some in isolation, some with loved ones, and some newly discovering what it is like to work from home. What an interesting time! Every day is unique and brings new information like waves coming to the shores of our awareness. Some of those waves can feel big—even overwhelming.
One of the best things to do right now is to draw closer into your home and look to hearth practices to get out of your mind. Our culture has spent so much time in overdrive; this is an opportunity to slow down a bit. Here are some ideas for how to support yourself and make this time at home a transformational opportunity that will sustain you in the future.
- Listen to inspirational music. Whatever makes you feel good. I’ve been listening to Handel’s Messiah and the soundtrack from “The Hours.” I don’t usually listen to the Messiah outside of the holy days, but it is so uplifting. It makes you feel grateful for the beauty all around that we often take for granted.“The Hours” soundtrack has this quiet stillness and depth. Phillip Glass is a modern classical composer and a true wizard. I love this music because of the beautiful solace that is expressed, which matches an aspect of the inner experience we are all invited to in these long, quiet hours at home.
- Move your body—to music or in any other way. It’s important to keep moving every day! There are a lot of folks offering live courses right now in all kinds of different forms of movement, and there are lots of classes on YouTube. I’ve been doing ballet and it is so wonderful to have the time to practice. Seeing little improvements brings a lot of joy.
- Read a wonderful book. I’m sure you missed a few classics here or there. Read something that edifies your soul and that you can carry with you in future times. I have a copy of Donna Tartt’s latest book in some box, somewhere . . . if I find it, I am going to disappear entirely from the world until I finish it. Her books are very long, so I just haven’t had the opportunity to do that for years. It would be nonstop reading for three days—and so worth it. Take a book vacation with an author that you love, and enjoy how the world stops.
- Take up a craft, or get back to your crafts. It’s definitely a good time for making, gifting, and sharing craftsy things. I am considering getting a sewing machine; my friend shared that she is teaching herself on YouTube. I have always been a bit of a Lucy, so I normally stay away from machinery, especially machinery with needles. But this is a new time, folks. If I could repair my own clothes and create clothes that suit my imagination, it would be rewarding. What thing have you always wanted to know how to do?
- Embrace podcasts. I know everyone is all about Netflix right now, and there are a lot of great shows out there, no doubt. I just feel that this is a time to be felt and experienced in a deep and quiet way. Television is very stimulating and can become an escape, which then increases the mind’s unrest. You can listen to podcasts while you are outside walking, or while you are cooking, or while you are doing handcrafts of any kind. I think folksy experiences are a good thing right now, as they allow us to process some of the dissonance through our hands and hearts.
Homesteading is what we’ve always done in times of crisis, and we’re just getting back to a little more of that right now. It will not last forever, but the impact could be lasting, as we find comfort in these simpler ways.