What self care looks like will depend entirely on who you are. If you’ve never had to think about this before, it will be a journey of discovery, and the things people tell you are good for you won’t necessarily turn out to help. What of your path will help you?
Meditation – you might find this calms you. Equally, you might find it stressful because you can’t concentrate. You may need to go deep into complex pathworkings, or you may just need to sit for five minutes looking at an oracle card for comfort.
Rituals and magic – you may be comforted by doing what you always do. You may be thwarted because your heart isn’t in it and you may need to do a radical re-think as a consequence. Protective magic may give you some feelings of being more in control, but make sure any magic you do is backed up by appropriate physical action.
Celebration and gratitude – that may be too hard right now. You may need to spend time with your fear and anger, and come back to gratitude practices when you’re more able to feel them. Or you may find that digging in with the gratitude helps you keep things in perspective. You may want to celebrate the small things more.
You may find that digging in with study and the intellectual aspects of your path is a good distraction. If deep thinking comforts you, now is a good time to get out the books. If you don’t have the concentration to learn something new, that’s ok too. Now may not be the time.
You may find that taking care of your space, honouring the spirits of place and working quietly with them will help you. If you don’t have the energy for cleaning or making altar spaces, think about what you can do that would help you and your home. If all you do is think about what you’d like to do when you feel up to it – that’s time well spent.
If you can’t connect directly with the natural world, this may be really affecting your well being as a Pagan. You might be able to ease this with meditations. If you can get outside at all, the earth will be below you and the sky above and even in the most urban settings it is possible to connect with the elements. Time spent at the least promising window can bring some sense of wildness.
You may find your comfort and sense of direction in helping others. Right now, leadership most assuredly has a place. Many people are in need of guidance and inspiration, support and healing. Be mindful of your own resources, but if this work lifts you up and gives you a sense of purpose, do it. Don’t martyr yourself though. Don’t burn out trying to do more than you can bear.
Whatever approaches you use, stay focused on just getting through this strange time. You don’t have to write a book or become an expert on an ancient civilization. You don’t have to learn flint knapping, or plant a herb garden or sew yourself the best imaginable robes. You can if you want to. The most important lessons in all of this will be the things you learn about what you truly need and what is genuinely powerful in your life.
April 16th, 2020 at 10:37 am
Thank you, Nimue 🌸 🌸 🌸 My daily medicine (the best) is to take a nap in the daytime 😴 if I only have time 😉 Have a beautiful day ahead 🌷 Hopefully a sunny day ☀️
April 16th, 2020 at 2:12 pm
Thank you for these reminders my friend. I am so thankful on the days I can sit outside and connect with nature. I remind myself to be gentle with myself during these days and allow for my feelings to flow, whatever comes up is ok. Thank you for the part about anger. I have always dissociated myself from that feeling because it scared me so growing up, I didn’t see it modeled well and stuffing it seemed the only solution. I can see now how self destructive that has been for me. These days I acknowledge it, allow it, tell the Universe thank you for it and remind myself that I love myself.
Today is a day I can be out in the backyard. Thank you for this post my friend 🙏😊
April 16th, 2020 at 3:11 pm
Thank you for this useful post Nimue. I’m finding wild swings from day to day right now, so it’s good to think of the more scaled-back versions of spiritual practice that don’t involve much in the way of formal meditation and ritual.
May 23rd, 2020 at 12:05 am
I found it helpful to start out a meditation practice using guided meditations first, it helps to start focusing the mind and being mindful and slows the monkey mind – I wrote some tips here http://pursueyou.org/2018/03/07/meditation-myths-and-tips-for-starting-out/
May 23rd, 2020 at 10:15 am
I have a somewhat different relationship with my mind – I’ve been meditating most of my life, I have a clear mind usually, in which things arise, if that makes sense?
May 23rd, 2020 at 11:29 am
That makes sense. Some people, me included, try it – and when we can’t get to that point we give up on our meditation practice due to thinking that we are ‘failing’ at it. It took time for me to be able to get to a point where I could get clarity. Although I will say things did come up in the beginning for me, but it took a while for me to get clarity and to reach a certain level of inner silence
June 3rd, 2020 at 7:52 am
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June 7th, 2020 at 1:28 am
I quote your ending lines
“The most important lessons in all of this will be the things you learn about what you truly need and what is genuinely powerful in your life.”
This is truly the lesson of the lockdown. A wonderful post.
June 29th, 2020 at 4:39 pm
As a psychic & fellow energy worker, I approve this list! I highly suggest what you have recommended! Thank you for this! 🥰