As we keep our social distance and self-quarantine, a schedule for each member of the family is important.
It’s not about staying “productive,” or getting all of the projects done that you’ve wanted to get done. It’s about not losing your mind. Our basic human nature is to want to have meaning in our lives, and binging on Netflix and social media depletes us of that. It’s the ultimate junk food, and we all know how we feel when we binge on junk food. Not only will you lose your mind, you will definitely lose tolerance for those few people around you. Kids home from school: the same thing.
Feed your soul in the morning. If you aren’t used to scheduling this into your life, you will definitely have tantrums getting started. Do it. See my previous blog. Get fresh air. My doctor once told me, get outside whenever the sun is out, no matter the temperature. Quarantining does not necessarily mean we can’t get sun and fresh air.
I haven’t been to the grocery store this week, but last week was like the apocalypse, as we’ve all witnessed. The frozen sections were wiped out and there was an abundance of options in the fresh produce section. This is the time to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables; they have life force, they are alkaline, immune boosting, healing. They will give you the kind of energy that doesn’t cause you to feel stuck, heavy, dull, and lethargic. Instead, because they are filled with life force, if you don’t heavy them up with cream cause and the like, they will offer energy that one might associate with the sun’s energy and light. Spices – a little bit of salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel, cayenne, etc – are excellent digestives, and they flavor food nicely. Add a little Bragg’s amino acid and/ or nutritional yeast, and you’ve got something good. Let each member of the family decide what they want in their food to please their taste buds.
Once you’ve fed your soul sufficiently – it’s not about the length of time; it’s that you didn’t just go through the motions ‘meditating’ for 10 minutes; you’ll feel it when you’ve done it – the rest of your day becomes more celebratory. You’ll see what I mean.