“This shelter in place has me stressed out,” my friend, Jackie, said.
I’m concerned about this, too. I return to the guidance from the Goddess as written by Doreen Valiente.
Here are three insights to support you.
- Stay Active
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth; for my Law is Love unto all Beings.” – Doreen Valiente, writing in the voice of the Goddess in The Charge of the Goddess
It is crucial to stay active at this time. Goddess gave us a body that is meant to move. I look for opportunities to move, even just walking in my garage or the living room. The Goddess mentions “ecstasy of the spirit,” and this reminds me to listen to music with a beat so I can dance.
- Find a hobby – keep your hands busy
My friend, Jackie, said, “I’m afraid that if I get bored, I’m going to eat too much.”
I’m concerned about this, too. So, I’ve returned to knitting.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. – Doreen Valiente, writing in the voice of the Goddess in The Charge of the Goddess
Help your heart “rejoice.” Find something that gives you some good feelings.
My husband listens to music every day, and he has returned to playing the piano. (He has an electronic keyboard.)
- Be careful about “sacrifice” so you avoid weight gain
Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth. – Doreen Valiente, writing in the voice of the Goddess in The Charge of the Goddess
I have dealt with weight gain at different times in my life. Have you noticed, like I have, that if you do too much self-denial that binge-eating can creep into your life?
I’ve learned to avoid denying myself all tastes of chocolate. I just reduce the amount. Under so much stress, it’s tempting to eat the whole chocolate bunny. I often bring myself to go for a third of it. That’s progress.
May these thoughts provide support to you during this tough time.
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