Diary of a Staycation #1: New Meditations
My life has changed so much since I started this blog. I’m older, my body is not at cooperative as it used to be, added a few more diagnosis to the mix of my DISabled life. I was terribly lonely when I started this blog. Isolated in suburbia, a single mother on a very limited fixed income, I was dangerously alone. Today I live in community, with very little privacy. A life of abuse, the resulting lack of boundaries, and so many years of isolation and I accept my lack of privacy as a choice and a blessing. We need each other more than we need time alone. My partner, Andy and I along with an amazing team, including Glenda, Xeres and Carlos, run a modest and wonderful bnb out of our home, as well as provide a variety of community services. (Read more at dragonflyhill.wordpress.com, a web page and blog I also manage.) I handle most of the social media, from our airbnb listing pages, to our blog, twitter, facebook, yelp and google. I did most of the photography for our advertising and our blog and most of our writing. Guests come from all over to stay with us, and we start every day with a huge community breakfast. We rarely know who will be joining us, including local activists, community members and guests. Xeres and Andy and I comprise the board of the newly form The WE Empowerment Center (theweempowermentcenter.wordpress.com)
There’s a lot of physical, cognitive and emotional labor that goes into this space and maintaining community. I haven’t had much time to court my muse, to write creatively or to do fine art photography. And on the way, I’ve lost pieces of myself.
So today I’m starting. Today I’m taking myself back. Leaving the home business to my capable team, I’m taking a few days off and staying in the bnb of a local airbnb host and dear friend, for a few days of meditation and creativity.
Here are some samples of food for thought and where my mind is wandering, a map of sorts. If you’ve been following me, (and if I don’t know you, please reach out), watch out. I’m going to be posting a lot of new material, much of which has been 90% finished for some time, and has just waited for the time to focus on it, and craft it to perfection.
30 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Actually Have Self-Respect Now
- This one was posted today on facebook, by Amina Wadud, and is a quote from Karen Lamb. I am starting today!
The river of grief and how to keep being
Music for meditation
- One of my favorites is
Pachelbel – Canon In D Major. I should get back in the habit of meditating to this at least once a day.
- Don McLean By The Waters of Babylon (This is the mythical Zion. No worries, my politics are intact!) This is an ancient verse from Psalm 137
Mi Shebeiriach – Debbie Friedman: Prayer for healing.