Ahhh. Sunshine. Funny how it can make all the dark stuff go away, heh? Finally we got some good weather in Vancouver. I forgot how the weather can play on your mood. Love Vancouver but this winter SUCKED. We don’t get much snow but when you get clouds and rain for four months, you don’t realize how much you need the sun until you finally get it.
You know what else is good for the soul? Gardening. I know, you wouldn’t think that puttering around in dirt could possibly be therapeutic but it is. My first vegetable garden this year. Just finished putting in the last seeds. Now I have lettuce (3 kinds), tomatoes, beans, peas, green onion and beets. God knows how I’ll eat it all, but that isn’t the point. For 45 minutes I got out of my busy little head. Hanging out with a shovel and some bees. Doesn’t sound like much but it was bliss.
Everyone needs some time away from the brain. We go through 1000s of thoughts a day, and remarkably, not a lot of them are good ones. It’s ok, we’re human…negative thoughts are natural…but we need time away from our own thoughts. Sleep gives you a break, so does sex and booze, but we can’t do that all of the time now can we. My trip to Peru taught me how much the negative shit flying around between the old ears is really tiring and hard on the system. Both physically and mentally. So I promised myself to change it.
Just embarked on a meditation regime. Tough stuff. Takes a lot of work, but there are other ways to take a little load off the brain and gardening is one of them.
Do something every day to get out of your head. Even if it’s just for a minute. My mum knits. It works for her. Some people dance, some walk, some work out. Going to movies is another one. As I mentioned on twitter, I just saw “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Wonderful. Beautiful. I cried. And I laughed. Worth the $15.
What do YOU do to get out of your head? Love to hear it.
Hope you’re well.