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I went to my easel, barefoot and in my pajamas, I painted. Finger painted on the large canvas I’ve been adding layers to since October. I added some white and yellow, green and blue. That opened it up and created space for more color, more layers. I felt better.
Next, I took a shower and used all the scents I had. I used an invigorating peppermint shampoo. I used a sweet coconut conditioner. I used a ginger body scrub. And later I used lavender essential oil body lotion. I put on my yoga clothes and unrolled my mat in a patch of sunlight in my living room. I did yoga. Some gentle, yin, nurturing yoga. I held the poses for a long time and then just lay there in the sunlight. I felt better.
Next, lunch. A Jamaican beef empanada topped with sour cream and hot sauce. Crisp pastry filled with spicy beef. Delicious. I felt better.
Then I began to work. I organized some papers I had put aside and started taking some notes. I felt better.
Then I danced. I danced to The Spinners. I danced to Shakira. I danced to Vampire Weekend. I felt better.
A little more work, then time for a hot cup of tea and a delicious nap.
At the end of the day, I felt fabulous.
The moment one definitely commits oneself,
then Providence moves, too.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision.
Whatever you can do or dream you can,
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
—W. H. Murray,
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
usually attributed to Goethe
Excerpt From: Jean Shinoda Bolen. “The Millionth Circle”
the one everyone complained about,
was one of my favorites
sheets of ice
countless snow storms
a candle lit,
hot tea in
a Limoge cup
and my first easel
a large canvas
tubes of paint
new empty nester
but not empty
into the art of