T.S. Eliot might say April, but I say February. For me, it’s always right about this time that my inner world gets dark and twisty. The long grey has all but choked out the memory of sun warmed skin, and the cold drizzle does little to alleviate cabin fever. My thoughts turn to unhealed existential troubles like a tongue to a sore tooth.
There is little to be done to bring the warmth of spring closer, but it must not be said that I easily give up the fight against this cruel month. As weapons to combat the dark and stormy, I have chosen the following:
Pruning. Clipping away the water sprouts from our aged apple trees reminds me to do the same to the feral thoughts that threaten to block out the sunshine. Aching forearms seem a small price to pay.
New music. Reliability itself, NPR First Listen always has something of interest on offer. A few recent favorites include the amazing, and appropriately titled, compilation album (featuring Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, and others) “Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys“, and the diverse aural palette of Maxmillion Dunbar’s “House of Woo“.
Yoga. Moving my body might be the very most important piece of the puzzle. On a budget and with negligible free time, a reliable home practice is the best option. Most of the time I’m happy to build my own routine, but on occasion it is wonderful to surrender to direction. I’ve been absolutely loving Esther Ekhart’s online classes, which includes a variety of free videos. Bonus: a freshly added partner yoga video, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Finally, nothing quite embodies the hope of sun and warmth to come like the emergent shoots of spring flowers.
Wishing you all well in the good fight. And much love on your Valentine’s Day.