☽ m o r n i n g ☾
The moon is out. Four beams of light that form a perfect cross (or X) illuminate the sky. I often think about the people of the past, how incredibly impressive and important symbols in the sky would have been for them. Right now, I am warm and safe sitting with mounds of blankets before a window with the full moon and a cross. I wanted to write about my morning rituals (or attempts at morning rituals) but am honestly in awe of the sight of the moon at the moment. And while I was distracted by the brightest light in a dim sky, I looked to the East and the horizon is orange, so time to dive right into the ritual!
I wake. Not always at the same time, although I am working on that. This morning it was 6 am. Winter mornings are quite different than the rest of the year. They are darker and colder for one and require a lot of warmth for a joyous beginning. Fire starting, thick wool socks, hot teas and oatmeal and warming scents (I basically just told you everything!).
B U T F I R S T …..
S A D L Y N O T C O F F E E
I was once a coffee drinker – I struggled with coffee. I loved coffee. I loved the ritual of making it, the smell (most of all) and I had a conflicted relationship with the taste and the way it made me feel. I finally decided to stop completely and have honestly found a quiet peace in my day that I never had before. I think I ultimately was experiencing caffeine overdose, from ONE small cup of coffee. I could not focus, I would be productive in a frenzied kind of way for maybe an hour and then I felt like just a wreck. I could drink a cup at 9 am and not sleep until 2 or 3 in the morning. The last time I drank it was Christmas and that was just because it was Christmas.
It was never this bad when I drank it everyday, but I slowly started to eliminate it everyday and that’s when it really, really started and that was when I decided the best thing for me would be to simply stop drinking it. So many benefits, the biggest in my mind was obviously my health and well being but also, the money saved! Jamie is still a big coffee drinker but his work provides it so I still get to smell it on the weekends 😉
E M B R A C I N G T E A
In the mornings, I drink peppermint tea steeped with a green tea bag for that little caffeine kick and added health benefit. I love peppermint tea, it’s my absolute favourite tea (peppermint and ginger) and find it very cleansing first thing in the morning. I often have a smaller cup of Earl Grey later in the morning, but first thing I really enjoy a cleansing large cup of herbal and green tea. I know we’ve been told for years the benefits of green tea, but peppermint tea is incredibly good for you as well! I know it sounds like the most basic of teas but it’s a digestive aid, full of antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is even known to improve alertness and memory! It’s awesome and so easy to grow!\
A F F I R M A T I O N S
Something I am trying to do (although I don’t always remember) is ‘bless’ my water or tea. I essentially pray or send positive affirmations over my drink and then by drinking it, am taking those positive directly in my body. The affirmations can be anything from having a good day to confidence, to security and protection, to creativity. I find that it really, really helps.
During this time, I’m with the cats and have the diffuser going (currently ylang ylang for mood and frankincense for focus). I often take this time to knit a little bit and just collect myself before the sun makes his grand appearance (which now is around 7 30). Depending on how cold it is, there is usually a pressing matter that needs to be attended to. Starting a fire. I am always SO grateful when Jamie does this first thing.
B R E A K F A S T & C H I C K E N S
Eating breakfast is another struggle of mine that I have only recently begun to conquer all thanks to something a wee bit weird… Our chickens! I never felt like eating in the morning and waited until lunch ( completely aware of the damage this was doing to my day) or I would just snack on something really small. But since we have had chickens, especially since November when the temperatures began to dip below 0, I have been making them hot oatmeal. I would make it for them first thing in the morning thinking “wow this is sooo good for them… they are going to have a great day!” and realizing… WHY am I not doing that for myself? So I essentially started making a batch for me at the same time as the chickens. The chickens get a little bit of a more rustic version. I actually gave them the end of our beets the other day with oats and that made them very happy.
I usually eat before I go out to let the chickens out and feed them. Since it’s been so cold, I have been giving them hot water in the morning too with a little bit of apple cider vinegar. I hope to make a post about keeping chickens in a very cold climate, probably later this month!
K E E P I N G H Y D R A T E D
Once the chickens have been fed, it’s time to start thinking about what needs to be done for the day. I usually make a to do list the prior evening. Today, it is Saturday so I am making a blog post (yay!). Regardless, after breakfast and tea, I have a large mason jar of water with a little bit of apple cider vinegar to drink throughout the duration of the whole morning.
We made a large batch of apple cider vinegar this past fall so I feel very happy using our own. It’s also SO easy to make and I highly recommend making it yourself if you are interested (especially if you have access to an apple tree… even a rogue apple tree that you have observed while walking past has many rotting – not used – apples lying about it). Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely beneficial for your ~g u t~ which is the master of your overall health.
L A S T L Y
Henry girl (our dogg) and I go out for a walk. This is the key really for me to have a good, productive day. Walking, without headphones, early in the morning. We often try to get out at around 8 am. Since it’s the weekend, we will probably drive out to a trail somewhere later in the day but on weekdays when I’m working from home and Jamie is at work in town, we just walk the country roads around our home. I kind of consider the morning over when we get back. It’s therapeutic even though I often have to force myself to get out, especially lately. The wind and cold has been biting.
Rituals! Simple rituals! I am a creature of the home – a true cancerian – and need the stability of a solid morning ritual even if it’s just tea and breakfast and scents floating through the house. This morning, I have some basic house and animal chores to do before I think I work on a drawing I had planned. I give myself the freedom of not having a schedule on the weekends.
The sun is rising! Peaking over the barn at the top of the hill by our house. Two cats are with me probably wondering why their food dishes are empty. Pangur jumps to where my attention is directed, to the window, to the knitting basket. I can hear Henry moving around upstairs ready to get up on this lazy, cold Saturday.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! **stay warm if you’re in a cold part of the world! That is what we will be doing today (for the most part).
**P S . I am thinking of starting a video blog – something very dull to most I am sure, but just to do little videos on what I’m working on etc, it would essentially be me just sitting there talking because I have NO knowledge of editing videos or anything. Would love any feedback on this idea! **