Doing gentle. To me.
What does that mean, to me, right now?
Facing changes ahead, that will have a large impact on life, I am forever grateful to myself, for having learned how to be gentle towards me. The current situation would be much harder to live through, were I not. That’s for sure.
So how has me being gentle towards myself manifested this past month?
I’ve been working hard in the garden, which is definitely one way to practice gentleness towards me. Getting sweaty and dirty, in close contact with soil and plants. Heavenly. Letting head and heart take a rest, to just be. Grounding myself, connecting with nature, getting in touch with my Self and universal Mind.
I’ve been writing. Letting words pour out of me, onto paper (virtual as it might be, it’s still paper). Gaining perspective, discovering where I am at. Making my current state of mind, this constantly fluctuating entity, clear to me, giving me a chance to pay heed when there’s wisdom in the vicinity or sticky thoughts up to no good.
I’ve been cuddling up close to kids and cats. Stealing an extra hug and kiss now and again. Hugging myself as well, knowing the sensation of arms around me helps me get in touch with my innate wellbeing, reminding me it’s there, already and always. Going #PokémonGo:ing with my youngest, chasing Pokémons and enjoying the constant chatter about what’s been caught or seen where, comparing our respective Pokédex, collecting balls and hatching eggs.
Talking to friends. Sitting in silence with them. Holding, and being held. Physically and spiritually. Thriving in the connections created, when sharing in vulnerability, honesty, and mutual respect and compassion. Enjoying the silence that is so rich, when love is all there is. Deepening relationships, evolving from acquaintance to friend. Meeting virtual friends in the flesh, falling into opened arms as if that’s been done hundreds of times before, when in reality (this current reality, at least) for one of these, it was a first.
Life is grand. Absolutely grand. In all its richness, with vibrant colors, thrills and laughter, tears and fears of what might be… and what might not be? Who knows? And it doesn’t matter. What want’s to happen will be welcomed. By me. As I, I am being gentle to myself.
Welcome to my humble abode, where the underlying tone centers around being gentle to oneself. I will be reflecting on a monthly basis on what that means to me, in the moment, and this is one of those reflections. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please subscribe to updates so you won’t miss out on future reflections.
First published on my blog on September 27th, 2016: https://helenaroth.com/being-gentle-to-me-reflection-september-16/
Audio production: Caspian Almerud
Photography: Anders Roos http://www.andersroos.nu/
Soundtrack: Olof Jennfors Ljudtjänst http://jennforsljud.se/