There’s a huge push for digital detoxing right now. I get it, really, I do. People do become disconnected from their family and friends due to spending too much time on social media, checking emails, snapping selfies, and so on. The kind of detox that is popular right now might appeal to people who spend their days online, on their smart phones, engaging with everone except their family.
But what about those of us who rely on screens to engage with others because a disability prevents us from socialising outside of our homes? I am not referring to lockdown life, I am referring to people, such as mysef, who have to spend huge swathes of time at home because a disability prevents us from leaving home.
And what about those of us who rely on tablets, IPads, smartphones etc to read? Someone like me, for instance, who has severe issues with joint pain, swelling, and even dislocations, what then? I know I can’t always hold a book, that’s where my kindle is a life saver. And there are times when I am confined to my bed, my phone is vital in keeping me connected with the outside world.
I have a smart watch that I use for a variety of reasons, quite a lot of them health related. My screens are a lifeline for me, when I am bed-bound I rely on them. I haven’t found an alternative solution that would enable me to have as good a quality of life as I have when my disability bites hard.
I don’t think we should fall into the demonising screens trap. I think we have to use our common sense. We have to establish whether a screen detox is something that would be beneficial to us, or would we be doing it just to follow a trend. This demonising of screens seems to be the latest thing we should all do. We find ourselves portrayed as slaves to our screens, but the question we have to ask ourselves is, are we really a slave to them?
I have yet to see any articles or self help books welcoming the use of screens for those of us who have limited mobility and the like. We seem to be forgotten when it comes to being represented in these mediums. This can often leave us feeling confused by what we are reading, we are as keen as anyone else to improve our lives, but often get left feeling despondent by reading that our lifeline is really bad for us and we shouldn’t really use it as much as we do.
Is something that is a lifeline to us such a bad thing?
It’s Pancake Day here in the UK. As a child pancakes were something we ate in the run up to Easter, to herald the start of Lent. My family were fairly religious, so this was something we did partake in.
As an adult and someone who has practiced the craft for over 30 years, Pancake Day was acknowledged in my house as my children were fond of pancakes. The religious meaning behind the day had gone.
But did you know that the original celebration was a pagan festival?
The Slavs – a diverse group of tribal people, who lived throughout central and Eastern- Europe circa the 5th – 10th century – worshipped a God named Jarilo (I think it’s pronounced Yarilo). They believed that the changing of the season, from winter to spring, was a struggle between Jarilo, who was the God of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the spirits of the cold and darkness.
They believed they had to help Jarilo win this struggle and this was a part of their spring celebration. The entire celebration lasted a week, with a large part of it making and eating pancakes. The hot, round pancakes symbolised the sun, and the Slavs believed that by eating the pancakes they would be imbued with the power, heat and warmth of the sun.
I think that is a wonderful and happy belief to have.
Th card is all about centring on the feeling of joy. No matter what is going on in our own lives we can still experience joy by awakening our senses. There are plenty of ways for us to engage all of our senses you just have to be willing to explore them.
During the run-up to Valentine’s Day we can engage with our sense of touch, our sense of smell, our sense of taste, our sense of sight and sound/hearing.
We don’t have to have a partner to engage our senses. Having a luxurious bath can engage some of our senses. Listening to music too.
There is no reason for us not to feel sensual if we are alone. A little imagination can go along way.
As I said yesterday, February is all about love.
“In stillness, I find my centre and hear the messages meant for me.”
Stillness is an anchor that returns us to ourselves and our true path. Schedule a time to rest and be still. To sit for just a few minutes in stillness, breathing, being calm, letting life flow.
Notice how much time in stillness feels nourishing for you. Even for a few minutes being still and centring yourself can have a huge impact on your mental state.
This kind of activity he’s nourishing for your soul. Anything that is nourishing for your soul is Soul Love, self-love.
Being still and allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go allows you to anchor yourself. To ground yourself.
Be still. Be love.
Continuing on from yesterday’s body theme, today the guidance is regarding rest.
Resting isn’t just about getting sufficient sleep each night, although that is a big part of it. Resting is essential after we’ve been to work or to school/university; even when we work from home, in fact, especially if we work from home.
Rest plays a vital role in maintaining our bodies needs, along side food and water. Rest can make sure we have a clear head when it comes to our lives.
The card is suggesting the coming weeks may continue to be hectic and stressful, and that getting the rest that our bodies require is essential.
This regal lady is telling us to be brave and confident. She tells us to stop worrying about what people will think and to be our unapologetic authentic selves.
Be strong. Be bold. Be confident. Let your creative mind guide you. Unleash your creativity.
That doesn’t just mean writing, painting, crocheting, etc. It could simply mean you create a new reality for yourself.
Whatever you feel called to do over the coming weeks, know that the Queen of Wands is encouraging you to go boldly forward.
It’s been a pretty full on week here at suepk HQ – we’ve had everything from busy schedules with work, to a multitude of family appointments, to missed deliveries and delays with deliveries. It’s been stressful that’s for sure. But, today I’m letting it all go and flow as it will.