Today be grateful for who you have, what you have and who you are.
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.
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.
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.
We are almost half way through the first month of a brand new year, and boy do I feel like it’s been a tough one already.
Mercury is in the shadow period it encounters right before retrograding, yep, we’ve got that coming up at the end of the month.
We’ve just had the New Moon (early hours of Wednesday morning for us in the UK), so there’s the energies still rolling on from that.
There’s a whole host of other planets creating a storm right now too, so it’s no wonder we are all feeling the energy bouncing around us and shaking everything up.
That’s why we need to care for and nurture ourselves. As the quote says, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Whatever you choose to do for yourself over the next few days, be gentle with yourself and others too. We are all feeling it right now.
Here in England we have gone back into lockdown, which means our schools are remaining shut after the Christmas break. Once again parents, or grandparents, or carers, are being asked to don the teacher hat. The thing is, many parents and caregivers are unable to do this. There are a variety of reasons as to why they can’t and understandably they are angry at this latest closure of the nation’s schools. Not everyone is able to teach. Not everyone is able to step in and act as a teacher. Let’s face it, it’s a hell of a job to do; requiring patience, compassion, passion, a sense of humour, to name but a few of the attributes our teachers posses.
I home educated my younger daughter for her last year at senior school, and my son for his five years of senior school. It was hard work. It was exhausting. The difference is I chose to do it. I would be able to keep my own kids educated during this pandemic if they were still in school. But what about people like my younger daughter? Her daughter has special educational needs. How do you, an unqualified person, step in and educate a child who needs different lessons?
I believe schools are sending workbooks home and are insisting parents have their children do the work set out. But what about children who can’t do the work? What if the complex needs cannot be met at home? During the first national lockdown it was agreed that provisions would be made so that schools could remain open in the event of another major lockdown. It seems that hasn’t happened.
Enough with the political slant.
If you find yourself unable to help your child with their school work during the latest school closures you could try engaging their minds in a different way.
- Research a topic that your child/children are interested in.
- Read and review a favourite book – or a new book.
- Check out YouTube for a craft activity, or any activity for that matter.
- Check out BBC Bitesize. The resources they have are invaluable.
- If able to do so go out into nature and take photos.
- Learn about your local area.
- Go on a treasure hunt. Even at this time of the year there are plenty of items you can collect.
- Watch movies and write reviews.
The law states that a child has a right to a suitable education. This law requires that a child receives an education that is suitable to their needs. During these unprecedented times the educational laws should reflect that not all caregivers are able to provide the education that a school can provide. Therefore any caregiver who has not been able to get their child to do the work their school has sent home should not be berated by school for having their child/children engage in other educational activities.
We keep hearing the slogan “We are all in this together” and maybe we are. But we must remember that these fast-moving changes affect our children too. Uncertainty can make them anxious so the last thing they need is to be fretting about work they cannot do.
I am so thankful for the beautiful surroundings I live in.
Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, for me, it always feels like the start of the holiday season.
This year we are all faced with a different kind of holiday season, a very short-lived one here in the UK.
Whilst we’ve got a hell of a lot to be thankful for, we’ve also been left facing change on a scale like we’ve never known. So with that in mind I wanted to share a cheerful song, just for fun. A few minutes of cheer.