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There’s been quite a lot going on in the world lately and it’s been hard for me to think of ways to indulge when it took everything I had to just get through the day. So many people get caught up in the details of day to day life. Even without the crises that happen to us all, just living each day takes a toll. Like most everyone, I have a job, family, and outside responsibilities to balance with the same limited amount of time as the rest of the world. Even when life is good, sometimes I just need a little comforting to get through the day. We see children learning to comfort themselves from a very early age. Sometimes it seems like we forget the importance of comforting rituals as we grow older. Being an adult doesn’t magically make the world a better place, we all have times when we need to seek comfort.
There are many little things I do for comfort–if I’m having a rough day at work, taking the time to sip a cup of tea or coffee on my break, sneaking a piece of chocolate or fruit, putting some inspirational music on my headphones, or even getting up from my desk and taking a quick walk to stretch are all comforting rituals.
To comfort my body I can wear soft clothes, take a warm bath, soak my feet in warm water, cuddle up with a family member, enjoy a nourishing snack or meal, or stretch my muscles.
To comfort my spirit I can spent time in meditation, listen to music, touch base with my spiritual roots, or allow myself to spend time just being for a moment.
When I’m feeling really vulnerable and needing comfort I’ll usually warm up my space with a heating pad, wrap up in a soft robe or blanket, light a stick of incense, turn the lights down and the music on, grab a book and a cup of tea and maybe a special snack and create a cocoon around me. That’s my space to express my fear, sadness, anger, loneliness, and seek comfort from whatever is bothering me.