For me, as you may know, it’s chronic illness exacerbated by acutely disabling episodes that can last days, weeks or even months. Prolonged downtime can be challenging but we need it to be able to heal and it gives us the opportunity to reassess what is important to us.
We also have time to think about how we'd really like to be spending our time and can explore ways of achieving that. But sometimes our ideal is just not possible for us because of new limitations, so our searching becomes more of a case of deciding what is doable right now.
How do you know when it's the right time to try moving forward?
Every day is a new beginning .... always.
Sometimes the beginning will gain traction and sometimes it won't and that’s ok. The key is to keep testing if we can, every day. In time it will feel right.
For myself, coming out of two acute episodes back to back has meant that I have for the most part of the last month been confined to my bed. As I type this, it is the first time I have sat up in a chair for almost two weeks. I know my muscles won’t last long! But that’s ok, I have begun to move forward, if only a little.
When I can’t do anything physically I invariably end up spending way too much time in my head. So as I begin again (besides slowly re-engaging in basic functioning tasks) I have decided that I really need to try to balance that out. By doing something creative. In a practical, hands on kind of way. And having fun doing it! But it needs to be something that I can manage with my current limitations. And I think I've found it! If you are a creative type like me, you might enjoy it too.
Starting this week Effy Wild is offering to guide anyone who is so inclined through Liz Lamoreaux’s book Inner Excavation. I have been wanting to try art journalling for a while now and this free seven week program can be as gentle and easy (just what I need!) or as intricately inspired as you want it to be. And guess what the first chapter subject is? - “I Begin......”. Perfect.
Links are below if you'd like to find out more. If it's not the right time for you to begin now with Effy, with the option of engaging with her Glitterhood on Facebook, you can do so independently at any time via Liz’s inner excavate along blog.
To find Inner Excavate - Along with Effy click here.
To join Effy’s Glitterhood on Facebook click here.
To find Liz’s inner excavate along blog click here.
Here’s to beginning, whatever shape that may take for you right now.....
With love xx.