“All the pain that comes with being human can crush our optimism if we don’t work actively to create our own hope,” ~ Zhena Muzyka
Zhena Muzyka, the founder of Gypsy Tea, is right on about hope. I admit that it’s so bewildering to share love or hope while being consumed by our own sh*t.
We get lost in the pain of whatever it is that weighs us down: the struggles of work, college, (or both), raising kids, being a loving partner, being single, dealing with Special Education laws, commuting, or even the simple task of trying to enjoy an authentic life.
I recently came up with this playful way to share our love while feeling like sh*t.
Try these steps:
- Pour coffee or whiskey into your favorite mug. No worries, this isn’t going to be a “let’s indulge in spirits and get lost”way to share your love; it’s so much more!
- Sit at the kitchen table with a blank piece of paper and pick up a bright purple and pink marker in each hand (or take whatever markers you love).
- Using both hands—Free draw for three minutes.
- Move slowly or wildly.
Let out all that sh*t that’s pulling you down. Let the should of’s and could of’s roll through the pink or purple ink onto the page, & away from our bodies.
- Time’s up!
Did you feel yourself move out the box of little dark feelings? Did you step beyond your expectations of the day?
- Sip your coffee or whiskey. Breathe a sigh of relief.
Grab a new piece of paper, and with your non-dominant hand, write a few words describing who or what you love—even if there’s not much to love besides a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Chocolate ice cream.
- Write words of loving: sugary, milky smooth, creamy, sweet, mouth-watering, and more. Remember use your non-dominant writing hand, so you can access your subconscious thoughts and feelings.
- Once your satisfied with the love words (you can add art, too) then fold the paper into an airplane.
- Get up, and go for a walk.
- Bring the airplane with you!
- Let the paper airplane—with words of love folded inside—fly into the breeze for whomever takes a risk, and picks up the love! Copyright 2016 © Jessie Wright