Did you know that even in chaos, there might be something perfect?
Some days it is tough for me to wrap my head around everything that has happened in the past year. When we first started to learn about COVID-19 last spring, I don’t think anyone could have predicted what our world would look like right now.
As I have tried to make some sense out of everything and all of the changes that everyone has had to make, I reflected on something that one of my mentors asked me when I was dealing with what I thought was a crisis at the time. After listening to my “story,” she said:
Yes, AND what might be perfect about this situation that you might not have recognized amid turmoil, chaos, and confusion.
Well, those were sort of her words anyway, but I think you get the point. While events this past year challenged us in so many ways, look around and ask:
What about this present moment, situation, or event might be PERFECT?
I know this might be a reach, but the PEFECTNESS found in my situation has been my ability to slow things down a bit and focus on offering my gifts to the world in a different way. I have had the opportunity to adjust my practice to fit today’s reality, and you know what, it has not been all bad. I have been able to find more exciting ways to interact with my clients than ever before. For this, I am eternally grateful to you.
While I hope that you can find some PERFECTNESS in your world, I also want you to continue taking care of yourself and keep moving forward. Some simple self-care tips for this perfect moment include:
1) Incorporate the herb Thyme into your foods when possible, think pasta sauce (Thyme has antiseptic properties and helps fight respiratory infections) or make a cup of thyme tea by taking 1 tsp herb and placing it in a cup. Cover with boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, and strain and enjoy tea with a teaspoon of honey). Delicious.
2) Avoid prolonged exposure to windy weather or drafts (remember when your mother or grandmother told you to always cover your head and ears, well it seems that they were on to something). If you need to be outside or around other people, place a small amount of cotton in both ears and wear a scarf. Yes, still wear your mask, but in TCM, colds, viruses, and flu are considered external wind conditions—they blow into the body with the wind.
3) If you start to feel the effects of a cold or virus, make Ginger tea by adding chopped fresh ginger into a cup with boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, add honey and lemon to taste. Drink 3-4 times/day.
I wish for you to be well and stay safe. Reach out if I can support your self-care and healing journey in any way!