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A Monday meander: The Art of Self Care

We’ve had quite a few foggy mornings lately. Sometimes the fog sticks around all day.

Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.

~ Parker J. Palmer

This is the only advice I offer you. Pick the small thing, and carry it on. Let it change your life.

~ Anna White, Mended

Clouds in the marsh.

As you might remember, last year I enrolled in Karin L. Carlson’s The Art of Self Care online course.  As you might also remember, I’m not prone to sales pitches or advertisements of any kind on my blog.  It’s just not that kind of blog (and, to be honest, I am just not that good at selling things).  I’m not trying to sell you on anything now, but I am highly recommending Karin’s course if you happen to be looking for a way towards self-care throughout winter.

I’m going to share Karin’s Instagram post with you before I go any further:

(Beautiful photo and the following quoted text by Karin L. Carlson, from her Instagram post earlier today.   Used with permission.)

The last few days have been an eerie mix of being home bound by ice, now gorgeous but just as isolating snow. And then the holidays. And then the news, the violence in the most sacred spaces, the tragedy. As we close the decade it is hard to articulate hope for the world, for ourselves, for the coming days. But I believe it is there. I think it takes more of us. Both more guts and more tenderness. More intelligence and more softness.

The art of self care starts January 1. I love this course. So does everyone who has ever taken it. I’m bold enough to think it might help. It will help with the yoga world’s messiness. Help with wider social strife. Help with our own, personal, path.

Sometimes the fog has been so thick that even the sunlight could barely break through.

I do love this course.  I truly do.  I will be participating again this year.  And probably next year and maybe every year that it’s offered from now on.  That’s how much I love and recommend this course.  It is 12 weeks of yogic teachings that you don’t have to be a yoga student or yogi to understand or benefit from.  It is about starting where you are.  Karin is so very good at making what seems like the esoteric accessible and modern and applicable to daily life.

At the edge of the marsh, in one of those liminal spaces.

I have a lot of difficulty describing this course.  I think that’s because it is still, in part, working on me.  Or I’m still working it.  Or both, as I think it could very well be a back and forth between the two.  The Art of Self Care is not your typical self-care course.  Karin has a way of provoking thought and questions, and a finding of your own answers (or, in my case, finding more questions!!).  And there is care and gentleness, hope, in this course, a sweetness that spreads out into daily life.

Another edge, where marsh and woods meet.

So, if you’re looking for something to help you through the dark of winter, I hope you will take a look at The Art of Self Care and consider joining us.

The bluebirds have been using the perches near the house a lot lately.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  I realize this isn’t my typical meander, but this is something I want to share.  While we’re out and about meandering, let’s meet at the Point for sunset this evening.  After days of fog and rain, the clouds parted this afternoon and there might be something to see.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:52 PM.  I’ll be there early and will probably stay late.  It is ridiculously warm today (near 70°F!!!!).  Might as well enjoy it while we can.

Be good, be kind, be love.  ♥  And if you have any questions about The Art of Self Care, get in touch.  I’ll answer what I can or ask Karin if I don’t have the answers.  If you’re on Instagram, @coalfury is her account.

Saturday’s sunset.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,201)  Winter sunsets.  They can be so intense.  1,202)  Red foxes, bluebirds, bald eagles, and the visiting snow geese.  I saw a flock of snow geese while out on my walk this morning.  It was my first sighting of them this winter.  1,203)  Warm and spicy fish stew (that clears the sinuses when I have a cold).  1,204)  Time for walks and naps and curling up with good books.  1,205)  Friends, family, and M, always.

Gazing out at the horizon.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

11 thoughts on “A Monday meander: The Art of Self Care

  1. Hey Robin! Thanks for writing about this. Does the live discussion occur on an evening or weekend? I guess I’m asking if I can do this with a job–it looks as though she sent links for videos, so you could do it any time…Beautiful photos. I love the glad blue bird of happiness.

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    1. Last year the discussions were on Sunday mornings. I think they’ll be on a weeknight this year, but I’m not sure. I’ll check. A lot of the stuff is in the workbook Karin sends out as well as the videos, but the live discussions are, I think, one of the best parts.

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  2. It sounds interesting and relaxing! I’m glad you’ve connected with it. I’ve never been good at yoga…I know people swear by it but I’ve never felt comfortable doing it and though I’ve tried 3x in the past couple of years I still don’t really like it. Sometimes I wonder why. Sometimes I figure it’s just not my thing.

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