“All the pain that comes with being human can crush our optimism if we don’t work actively to create our own hope.” ~ Zhena Muzyka
Zhena Muzyka, the founder of Gypsy Tea, is right on about hope. I admit that it’s bewildering to share love or hope while being consumed by our own sh*t.
We get lost in the pain of whatever it is that weighs us down: the struggles of work, college (or both), raising kids, being a partner in love, being single, caring for fur babes, dealing with Special Education laws, commuting, or even trying to enjoy an authentic life.
I came up with this playful way to share our love while feeling like sh*t.
Try these steps:
- Pour coffee or whiskey into your favorite mug. No worries, this isn’t going to be a “let’s indulge in spirits and get lost” way to share your love; it’s so much more!
- Sit at the kitchen table with a blank piece of paper and pick up a bright purple and pink marker in each hand (or whatever color markers you love).
- Using both hands—free draw for three minutes.
- Move slowly or wildly.
- Let out all that sh*t that’s pulling you down. Let the should haves and could haves roll through the ink onto the page.
- Time’s up!
- Do you feel yourself move out of the box of little dark feelings? Are you stepping beyond your expectations of the day? Do you feel more alive?
- Sip your coffee or whiskey. Breathe a sigh of relief.
- Grab a new piece of paper, and with your non-dominant hand write a few words describing who or what you love—even if there’s not much to love besides a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Chocolate ice cream.
- Write words of loving: sugary, milky smooth, creamy, sweet, mouth-watering, and more. Remember, use your non-dominant writing hand, so you can access your subconscious thoughts and feelings.
- Once you are satisfied with the love words, fold the paper into an airplane.
- Get up, and go for a walk. Breathe in the smells of Spring.
- Bring the airplane with you!
- Let go of the paper airplane—with words of love folded inside. Let it fly into the breeze for whomever takes a risk, and picks up the love!
Author: Jessie Wright
Editor: Emily Bartran