As I do with most anything I come across that piques my curiosity, I’m still seeking restful ways to de-stress. Some days I focus so on Charlie that I wince every time his feet slide or he coughs.
I’ve got to find a way to be more tranquil so that I can be the calm that he needs me to be.
As usual my topic yesterday brought the same old fervor that always comes with stumbling across new ideas and sharing them with you. I didn’t know there were so many of you who were open-minded to this. But I am so glad to share this journey with you.
Heavens, I didn’t think I was still open-minded to this. Though I recall in the early nineties practicing visualization techniques and feeling more calm for having done so.
So what if many of us are in our fifties and sixties and seventies and eighties, we are still women seeking that which brings us a modicum of tranquility in a world that seems to have slipped off its axis.
It’s hard to sit around and read the news and not feel calamitous. I have to keep telling myself that yes, that’s still happening and I can’t stop it. But I can stop how I react to it.
So ladies, let’s explore the inner “hippie” in all of us. Bring out the crystals, incense for those of you who can safely burn it, and create a small spiritual corner that is ours alone.
Yesterday at acupuncture they focused more on Charlie’s back legs. He is losing feeling in both of them. So they said they need to re-establish feeling in the nerves so that he can still get about.
They gave me home exercises for him. I fold up a thick towel and put it under his tummy to hold him up. Then I move his legs and take his feet and rub them across a surface to make him more aware of them.
Putting him up on a towel takes away the pain of having to fully stand, and gives him a place to rest when his muscles get too tired. This is to work his muscles and strengthen them.
I purchased another supplement the doctor suggested called Canine Musculoskeletal Support. This and the one for his heart is powder, but comes with a very small spoon to give him the right amount.
Since I can’t sprinkle it on his food due to Ivy sometimes eating with him (the girl has a bottomless tummy it seems), I instead roll up the pill pocket I put his medication in and roll it across the powder until there is no more in the bowl.
I plan to get out early before it gets too hot and visit the store I mentioned, Spiritual Rose. I figure it will give me ideas for what I want to accomplish in my apartment.
I took the liberty of copying this from their website:
Here’s some of what it says:
We are a woman-owned store located in Tulsa’s historic midtown. We believe in honoring all spiritual paths and seekers. We carry a variety of goods for everyone from boho to Buddhist, crystal-lover to candle fanatic, Mother-Earth-loving to magic-weaving to mighty skeptic.
Books, stones, incenses, herbs and teas, cartomancy decks, home décor, and so much more fill our shop; we also stock locally crafted goods, including handmade organic bath products, jewelry, and local art.
Spiritual Rose is named after our owner’s mother, whose portrait hangs behind our front counter. We hope to honor her brave entrepreneurial spirit, fierce femininity, and loving perspective.
We are currently seeking opportunities for giving in alignment with our values. Spiritual Rose values giving back to women and girls in our community who have faced adversity, standing with our LGBTQ+ soul siblings, multi-faith fellowship and cooperation, and racial equality.
Oh, I love that it’s a woman-owned store! And that the name honors the entrepreneurial spirit of the owner’s mother.
I am going to go explore, wander the store, and see what beckons to me. I’m mostly going to accumulate ideas.
I just took Charlie out and there’s a bit of a cool breeze. It’s as if the weather is trying to be accommodating as I make my first trek into this new idea (for me) of alternative spiritual path seeking.
Start thinking about a special space in your own home if you don’t have one. Even if it’s just a small corner. We are dedicating this space to ourselves. We will adorn it with things that are special to us. And we will seek enlightenment and tranquility together.
Ladies, if at first we don’t succeed, we shall try, try again. And I really think us old dogs (those of you in my age group) can certainly learn new tricks. There’s nothing to stop us.
“Enlightenment must come little by little. Otherwise it would overwhelm.” – Idries Shah