Taking A Wellness Day – What’s Yours Like?

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” ~ Plato

Sleeping in.  Waking to my natural clock.  Greeting my posse.  Coffee and the birds.  My  journal, reflection.

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back and choose the path that leads to wisdom.“ ~ Buddha


“Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.“                    ~ Shakespeare

“Some of us think that holding on makes us strong, but sometimes, it is the letting go.” ~ Herman Hesse

Computer time (optional).

“I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.”  ~ Dave Barry

Outdoor time (required).

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”          ~ Edward Abbey


My work is my inspiration in life.  It is the seed to my growing wellness within.  I am blessed with a vocation that fills and uplifts both myself and those who come to be guided through their own process with the creation of a medicine object.  Never has there been a single person to come into the studio who has left unfulfilled.  What a blessing!  The Mystery is ever present in the medicine.  It doesn’t matter if I am working alone or with others, Spirit is always present.  The essence and organic nature of the materials used is very much alive, it speaks volumes in subtle ways.  These objects come at  their own pace as well – always teaching me what in need in the moment with grace and ease.  Working with and for others in the various capacities I am privileged to work in – feathers, four-legged, plant and mineral – it seems my entire life is about wellness.  Wopila!

I always cook – healthy food too is good medicine.  I find it so satisfying to eat well.  I feel the wealth of healthy food (wishing everyone could eat well).  I like to sit on the dock to eat my dinner when the weather is nice, watch the minnows and the birds.  This time of year, the last place the sun touches in my yard as it sets is the very end of my dock – I am often there for that moment.  Like the sunrise, the sunset seems like a holy moment – I hear angels sing.

Oddly, I’m a Jeopardy nerd.  I’ll take “Trying to get smart by osmosis for $1000 Alex”.

And I allow for rest.  I don’t feel I need to cram some sort of effort into each minute of the day – rest brings wellness.  A slower pace, as Char has said many times, “medium to slow” it works best for me.  A good book.  A comfortable bed.  Starlight or clouds.  My dream stone.  Gratitude for whatever the day held – especially if it included talking with my son or sisters – my family, blood and marriages, chosen ones – they are my wellness too.  Prayers for what is needed, prayers for what has been received.  Wopila!

“Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.”  ~Sitting Bull

 What makes for wellness in your day?


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