Well we are on the home straight now, just five days until we move to the country. Life has been much more hectic than my usual simple and slow pace. Lists are being written and are growing daily. I seem to be adding more to my lists than I am ticking tasks off them. The days are disappearing so fast and it feels like there is still so much to do.
A lot of my usual self-care rituals have gone out the window. I’ve done no yoga or regular meditation for weeks now. The two things I have managed to hold onto (because they only take a few minutes each) is listening to Jennifer McLean’s Soul Song for 2012 and doing a Diamond Alignment process each day. It’s all about intention. I know I’m under a lot of pressure at the moment and I want to look after myself while being realistic with what I can reasonably do.
Amid all the chaos and “to-do” lists, I’ve found myself being acutely aware of moments and feeling them very intensely. At the beach with my children the other day I watched a very pregnant young woman come out of the water looking glorious in her bikini, her vast tummy igniting a renewed wonder and admiration in me for the female body. I felt tears spring to my eyes as I visualised the new little being curled upside down in his mother’s belly. So amazing and yet so mundane to many of us.
In another moment of sharp focus yesterday I stood dripping wet in my bathers at Adventure World (a big water-slide park in Perth) looking around at all the wet, mainly bare bodies around me and felt a surge of affection for humanity. All the different shapes and sizes, babies through to grandparents. We were all having fun with our families and also as part of a community of people in holiday-mode and free of the trappings of our daily lives. Put a couple of thousand people together on water slides, in pools and under massive drenchings from a gigantic bucket suspended high in the air and maybe I’m being idealistic, but it felt to me like we were all connected and existing in harmony in those few short hours.
Anyway, it was a lovely break from the house moving tasks. I’m seeing my last clients before we move this morning and my kids have two more days of vacation swimming lessons. So much to do and though I know we’ll get it all done, it all feels a little overwhelming. Next time I blog it will be from our new home in Dunsborough. Goodbye Fremantle!
Love to you all,