Mental Wellness

Walk and Don’t Hesitate

Sixteen months into this pandemic and I’m in the worst physical condition of my life. I’ve resolved to take daily walks. My low bar is around the block, if that feels good I move toward a mile. I’m happy when I have the motivation to start.

Two days ago I had gone one block uphill, and was on the block downhill. It was about 8 pm, still before sunset (at 8:30!) As I reached the corner, a guy on a bike pedaled by. He was muttering. All I heard was the f-bomb he dropped every three words. Nothing like the fricative sound of f and the hard k sound to carry on a breeze.

Now, I am an expressive person. I may have looked startled. His reaction was to spin a wide circle in the intersection and come around again to expose me to a second earful. Up to this point in my walk I had seen only one couple who dashed for their car. Currently, I saw no one else around.

I took my stand. As he rode by me spouting profanities, I began to sing loudly. He biked by quickly and did not look back. As he turned the second corner, the spell was lifted and several people walked into view. I kept singing and walked happily home, empowered by the music.

What’s your anthem? –Rebecca

Here’s one I love:

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3 Days of Rain

All the adults in our family are now fully vaccinated! Last weekend, my parents visited for the first time in 14 months. That was our longest separation ever. We cooked food on the grill, took a great walk and hugged each other a lot. A highlight of their visit was all of us working together to plant our vegetable plot. As we finished on Saturday, the rain began. We’ve had a good soaking rain day after day since. I’m off to the garden to see if any plants are peeking out of the ground. Happy days.

What are you up to in order to nurture your spirit?

Happy Manic Wednesday! –Rebecca

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A Tree and Sky Meditation

I find that if I rest on the grass by the tamarack tree twins, the earth changes my mood. If I am troubled or tired, after a ten minute break stretched out, I feel revived. I feel supported and cradled by the lawn, the soil, the rock, the isthmus. The earth’s electromagnetic field calms me. The energy resets the cycle of my internal rhythm.

I look through the leaf needles of the trees toward the sky, tracking the clouds. I breathe in symbiosis with the twins, new carbon dioxide for fresh air. Deep breaths, we exchange in turn.

I feel alive and content.

What makes you feel content?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Tamarack Sky Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
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Flower Therapy

One way I can lift the corners of my mouth is by cutting fresh flowers for the dinner table. I find each way I can promote my own happiness is a gift of new wisdom.

Flower therapy

A leaf, a bud and a bloom

Sweet scent fills the room.

–Rebecca Cuningham

Easter Lily Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Do flowers make you happy?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Mental Wellness

I’ll Be Happy When…

If the daffodils were blooming, I could be happy.

If I were my ideal weight…

If it were a sunny day…

If I had a relaxing vacation…

If my coming-of-age in Spain memoir were published…

If I were vaccinated against Covid-19….

Maybe it’s not the situation, but a decision on my part to choose to grab some glee now?

I realized that I am postponing my enjoyment of life until After My Vaccination. I feel lucky to have an appointment tomorrow. But I notice that meanwhile I’m crabby with my family. What if I am cheerful starting today instead? PS Also, the daffodils are blooming!

Are you waiting to be happy?

What are your thoughts about whether or not we can choose happiness? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca