I don't know any celebrities, and if I did, they probably wouldn't stay at my house, but I can imagine what it would be like if they did stay at my house. High excitement and drama, plenty of glitz and glam, lavish over-the-top events, an endless array of rich food, too much alcohol, and a complete disconnect from the real world.
That's exactly how I see the holidays. They are like my imaginary celebrity friend. I can't wait till she gets here, am thrilled by the visit, and when it's time for her to go, I am ready to say goodbye. The thrill of it all can be quite overwhelming, and I breath a deep sigh of relief as we take down the tree, pack up the ornaments, and see the empty peanut brittle tin.
I am ready to get back to my life. As mundane as that might sound, I welcome a quiet house, ordinary meals, and mindful exercise. I want to get back to my knitting. Simple soothing stitches are what's called for here, and basic shapes that are easy to wear -- even over those few extra pounds my glamorous friend left for me. I want to take time to focus, as I said last week, on the simple pleasures of the quotidian. To that end, I am finishing up my Cocoknits Emma, a stockinette sweater -- endless rounds of knit stitch that give me a moment to pay attention to the feel of the yarn in my hands and the rhythm of the needles. It is calm, and it calms me.
I've started journaling again. It's a thing I let go during the holidays, and I realize how much I miss doing it. There is something powerful about letting your mind flow so automatically through your fingers. Sometimes thoughts and feelings you didn't realize you had just present themselves there on the page. It's almost magical, and it's always helpful.
I am looking forward to our upcoming Mindfulness Retreat in which we'll combine knitting, journaling, and easy yoga. If you would like to learn more about using these simple tools to relax, recharge, and refresh, join us. If you already know about their positive potential, join us for a day to enjoy the calm and peace together.
I look forward to seeing you at the retreat, in the shop, and around the table. You are always welcome here.