• Jess

Feeding the Soul: Raising and Releasing Energy

Updated: Mar 31

As the end of the secular year slowly comes to an end, I'm feeling tired and relieved and reflective. I'm gearing up for a few weeks of rest and I'm looking forward to it. My hope is that this will be a time of restoration and giving back to myself, with endless cups of tea, cooking, crafting (spinning, bookbinding and brewing), rereading some favourite books and catching up on all kinds of podcast episodes.

Being able to be of service to my community and my loved ones, and to be able to walk my path outside of my work requires deep rest and reflection. Listening to the wisdom of those who inspire and challenge me is a big part of that. I encourage you to consider what messaging refreshes, challenges and inspires you and to make time to engage with that.

Here are some of the things which are feeding me:

  • Work Shouldn't Suck (podcast)- Episode 50: Liberating Workplaces

  • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (book) by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

  • Another Mother Tongue (book) by Judy Grahn

  • Butch Is A Noun (book) by S. Bear Bergman

  • Beeswax candles

  • Ginger turmeric tea with honey

  • Foxglove flower essence

  • Rose tincture with honey

  • Salt baths with yarrow, sage, lavender and peppermint

  • Veggie bone broth with chaga and rosehips

  • Zoom crafting dates with friends

  • The music of Sampa the Great, Nina Simone, Danheim, Tash Sultana, Sudan Archives, Scottish folk music, koshi chimes, Jane Birkin, Radio FIP, Fleetwood Mac

  • Youtube interviews with Melissa Harris Perry, Michaela Angela Davis, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Eddie Linehan, Nancy Marie Brown, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir

A big part of feeling resourced and energized is both feeding ourselves on all the levels, along with tending to some of the mundane things which drain our energy. While it's not possible to distance ourselves from everything that we might find draining, anything that we can let go of helps us regain some of our power and focus. Here are some of the ways which I'm reclaiming energy:

  • Unsubscribing from all the e-newsletters I mean to read, but never do

  • Donating books I'm not going to read

  • Waiting an hour after waking up to check social media and email

  • Organizing my receipts for my business

  • Clearing wrappers and receipts, etc. from my purses and luggage

  • Shifting some of my creative work from Instagram to Patreon

  • Unfollowing people whose work I no longer connect with

  • Speaking up in the moment when boundaries are crossed

  • The distraction of trying to do multiple things at the same time

How do you restore your energy? What are you reclaiming energy from?

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