It feels like I’m living in a desert space lately. Hot. Dry. Dusty wind. A lot like the semi-desert parts of the Western Cape that I visited last December.
Week of a lingering heat wave…the rains should have come by now. Alas, still none in sight so I’ve had to find other ways hydrate my inner essence its soul soothing absence – swimming, jars of cold water with bits of lemon and strawberries and walks down to the river.
I can’t concentrate. This unrelenting heat has lulled me into a state of estivation. I’ve been hiding out indoors, where it is cool and the white sheer curtains dance in airy rhythms when the breeze flows in. Writing is slow, and I’ve shifted my attention to reading, researching and planning instead, so that I’m not completely idle. I keep wondering – if it’s this hot and dry in spring, then what does summer hold?
Mary Reynolds Thompson says that desert landscapes teach us about simplicity, clarity and emptiness. I can see how, because while I’m not in an actual desert, this extreme heat has got me shedding so many unnecessary layers. Layers of blankets and clothes, clutter in my home and all the unnecessary things and draining activities that zap my energy. I’m getting clear on what truly matters and right now what I need is cool uncluttered airy spaciousness to soothe my soul and fuel my work and creativity.
One thing I have been grateful for is that the heat has made it easier for me to serve my body and work toward my goal of vibrant health. Simple healthful meals, smoothies, fruit, salads, lots of water…I’m feeling lighter and happy that I’m honouring my commitment to my body.
What’s happening in your corner of the Earth? How are the cycles of Nature shifting things in your life?
Two desert vibe inspired finds:
I discovered an awesome online archive of these fascinating Desert Magazines.
Edveeje shares the story, A Woman of the Desert, on treesisters.org.
2 thoughts on “Riding the Desert Wave”
Here in the misty hills of Devon, Autumn us upon us and I am loving the unself-conscious, utterly natural “just-is-ness” of it…the way the leaves just let go. They don’t cling and resist and yell, “it’s not my time yet” …they graciously let go,let-god and become the rich humus for next years seeds of new life. I am having to let go of some damaging family dynamics at this time and the simple beauty of this season is so restorative and healing for me. Blessings to you Jodi, as you ride the desert wave and nourish yourself with the goodness of your season……
Jodi Sky Rogers
“just-is-ness”…I love the way you put it! Misty hills are the most beautiful thing. Autumn certainly does have its charm and I am glad to hear that it has been restorative and healing for you. Sending you extra healing vibes and love to help you through this period of release. Thank you dear hear ❤