I thought about what I needed this weekend. Do I want to travel? Maybe I could hit the beach or venture into the city while everyone was out of town.
None of those options lit me up. Here's what did: cake. I wanted to bake. Baking is my go to move when I need to feel grounded inside of my home. There has been a lot of resistance when it comes to cooking. I've been exploring this idea and they reasons why it might be.
What I found is that I am off center and out of alignment in so many different areas of my life. It happens sometimes, when I let things slide and not in the cut myself some slack kind of way. It's when I get lazy & sedentary & stop caring about things.
When I realized this, I began to feel overwhelmed at the thought. My breathing quickened and the heart began to race.
And then I remembered that I can begin at the beginning: my core. What are my core values and loves? (This definitely calmed me down).
Baking. Photography. Nature. Meal Planning. Gardening (a new one!). Music/Dancing. Colors. Shopping. Sitting around the fire pit, tending the flame. Bird watching.
These are the things I know how to do one step at a time. I found a recipe that looked interesting, and I had all of the ingredients on hand. Why not bake a cake? (recipe below the pics)
There is something about an ingredient list and following baking directions that is so simple and satisfying to me. It's almost as if there is no thinking, just doing. And in that doing, there is a deep feeling of "I am here".
I don't know if that accurately describes or makes sense of how simple tasks help me feel present and useful, and I don't know if I really need to relay that part. All I want to share is how examining where I am and asking myself what I need works wonders for me, especially when I tune in and answer the call.
The recipe can be found on my Rustic Food Pinterest board. Want to learn more about tuning in and tending to your own needs with me this summer? Check out my self paced email course, The Holy Hush, which runs from July 1-31.