Saturday, September 14, 2013

{life lab} when the storms roll in :: go tiny go vast



How are you?

Really?

Our family has had a year full of wonder and stress. And I do not think it is just us. It seems like many people I know are struggling. With divorce, family strife, losing things that thought they had a tight grip on, and willingly giving up stuff they no longer need. Deaths, moves and crushing disappointments seems to be in no short supply.

So, what do you do when you are sad and depressed? Frayed and bruised?

I was thinking about this recently. What is the difference between the people who can weather the storm those who get pulled under the wave? Is it just personality? Or are their skills and strategies that can help. I would guess it is probably a bit of both (most things are a bit of both, don't you think?)

If your survival is day to day - and you really need to get out of your mind for a while and find some perspective, try this:

Go tiny or vast.

Get out of the middle and drift towards the edges. That is where wild creatures of change reside and they will welcome you in with gifts of full bowls of awareness and clear vision.

Part meditation, part entrainment,  focusing on the minute or the huge - very often jolts or cracks you out of yourself long enough for the fog to lift and variant views to emerge.

go tiny ::

lay on your belly in the grass and watch the ground
look closely at anything, for a long time (shell, seed, feather, your hand, dust motes)
and my very favorite, microscope some pond water
make a window seal altar
investigate the corners of your home
look under the leaves and rocks in your yard
sprout some bean seeds in a moist paper towel in a jar
write a secret under a table or in a door jamb
pray
watch a bug
make a miniature world with your kids using plastic figures and blocks
go to the library's biology section, get a book about microorganisms and draw them
watch Microcosmos, Genesis, or The Fox and the Child
read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

GO VAST ::

people watch, forget yourself and absorb the energy of a crowd
lay on your back and watch clouds or the stars
sit at any water's edge (lake, river, sea)
climb a tree
visit the planetarium
release a sky lantern (safely)
take a boat ride (canoe, kayak, paddle boat...)
draw on butcher paper
play on Google Earth (look up your childhood homes and foreign cities)
go to a concert, play or sports event feel the energy of the crowd
fly a kite
pray
buy a rocket kit at the hobby store and send it off
watch Carl Sagan, Jaques Cousteau or Stephen Hawking

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Please share your ideas for going tiny and going vast. 

What do you do when you just have to grit your teeth and soldier through?





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7 comments:

  1. The kiddos and I watched Microcosmos this afternoon. Thank you so much for the recommendation. It was enthralling and enchanting.

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  2. My favorites are watching the clouds go by, sitting by the window to observe the hummingbirds as they drink from the feeder, and heading outside to watch the lightning during a thunderstorm.

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  3. I love this analogy. I create when I am down; making something makes me feel vast.

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  4. Lovely ideas and message to the world... It really does help strengthen your family to do special and interesting things together.. My sister and I have are both single mums who've gone through divorces,this weekend we are going away for a girls weekend.. Two daughters & two mums.. Never done this before.. You've made me think of making it a real bonding time!! Enjoying even more..

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  5. Lovely ideas and message to the world... It really does help strengthen your family to do special and interesting things together.. My sister and I have are both single mums who've gone through divorces,this weekend we are going away for a girls weekend.. Two daughters & two mums.. Never done this before.. You've made me think of making it a real bonding time!! Enjoying even more..

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  6. Lovely, inspirational post! I tend to write. Blog posts, poetry, anything that releases my unhappiness and turns it into something creative and positive. And I spend time with my son, focusing on him rather than myself. We watch funny films together and have a laugh. Baking a cake, making bread, gardening...anything really that stops me from letting myself go ;)

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  7. Great post Amy. I find nature is my go to. I love sitting out back enjoying the cool evening air, walking the trail, or sitting by the pool while reading a book or magazine. I have to make it part of my schedule because it's how I recharge.

    Keep Shining!
    Julie :-)

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