It is the dawning of 18 January 2021. The stark, bare beauty of the trees is set against a promising sky. Is the world beginning to open up? I can see a leaning in to Imbolc in this dawn, and a loosening in the hold of winter as the year moves on.
I cannot run out into this dawn, as I would like. I am in formal isolation, with a home testing kit for Covid-19 winging its way from NHS/Amazon. My symptoms are ambiguous. Covid-19 may not be the cause, but there is a real chance that it might. Meanwhile people in my 70’s age group are about to get vaccinated. Interesting times, for sure.
For me, the best way of addressing this is day at a time, whilst also assessing possible challenges sufficiently to be prepared for them. From a Druid perspective, I am finding the nemeton of my practice circle a tremendous resource. From the beginning of this year I have had both a morning and an evening circle. The former is built around energising myself and affirming both being and world. The second is contemplative, and built around both walking and sitting meditation. Each lasts for about half an hour.
I notice that I draw on Druid (largely OBOD) liturgy (1) , with modifications, quite a lot – for example, the approach to sacred space and use of the Druid prayer. This locates me within a training and community which add strength even at a distance. There are also aspects of practice drawn from other traditions and others which I have developed myself. The package overall retains a basic simplicity. It is a distillation of my contemplative inquiry – in a sense re-telling its unique story twice a day. I am finding this enormously helpful. I am reminded that the journey is what I had hoped it would be. This recognition holds me up, and is a dawning in itself.
Wishing you both well and hoping whatever it is, you have an uncomplicated time of it.
Thanks Nimue. I appreciate this comment.
You are in my thoughts, wishing you good recovery.
I too pactice twice a day now. The pratice being a healing and contemplative container for the day.
My excuses for the spelling, of course I meant ‘practice’, I thought it was the discipline I found difficult, now there seems more to it…
Thanks again Cath. Over the years I have found that there are times when the work seems natural and flows and others when it it more of a conscious effort to maintain. It took me a long time to get the twice a day balance happily in place.
Thanks Cath. I like your phrase ‘healing and contemplative container’.
Hope whatever it is you recover swiftly and well.
Best wishes for a speedy and sound recovery. We live in such strange times but there is an enduring comfort in the beauty of that January dawn.
Thanks for your kind thoughts Lis. I enjoy your words ‘there is an enduring comfort in the beauty of that January dawn’.
I hope you get (got by now?) a clear result and best wishes for your recovery.
Not yet. Results on home testing kits take up to 4 days. So mine should come tomorrow or on Saturday.
Negative result texted and emailed overnight. Big relief! Thanks for your concern Lorna.
Excellent news that the test results are negative. Hope whatever was giving you symptoms goes fast and you are soon back to your customary level of health.
Great news! I am glad it’s a negative!
Me too! Thanks Julie.
Thanks Julie! I’m sorry not to have replied before. Elaine and I have both received our first vaccinations now, and Elaine is recovering strongly after her return from hospital – she’s been at home for over three weeks now. I hope you are keeping well.
Congratulations, this is so good to read. Time to relax now into full recovery from whatever ‘visited’ you.
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