This week, in the sandbox challenge, Calen says:
Tell us a little bit about:
a) what relaxes you, and
b) what brings you pleasure
So, what relaxes me?
I have been staring out of my living room window at the sunset, racking my brains for an answer to this question. For a moment I thought that this activity may be a form of relaxation, but I realise it isn’t. When I look out of my window I’m always focusing on my writing – looking for the right word or idea, as if it will drop out f the sky – and usually it does, making me able to return to my laptop and carry on tapping at my keyboard.
I rarely relax – I hardly know how to. There was a time when lying on the floor, listening to The Planets, by Gustav Holst did the trick. When I meditated regularly that relaxed me, but these days I forget to make time to simply be.
What relaxes me?
- Watching movies late at night with my son, but we’re unlikely to do that again for a while, if ever.
- Thinking of a man I haven’t even set eyes on for over 15 years. I curl up on my side in bed, and imagine conversations we could have if we were to meet, and then I drift gently to sleep.
- Cocoa, to a limited extent.
- There isn’t a 5…
What brings me pleasure?
Before last weekend this list would have been longer, but it’s still respectable.
- My family – most of them.
- Seeing my sister happy and relaxed, and feeling confident that her happiness is set to continue.
- Good comedy, and lots of it. Laughing until it hurts.
- Gardening, playing scrabble and laughing with a special friend.
- Rollercaoster rides – especially vertical drops.
- Living alone.
- Any cat
- Idle chat
- My flat
- Flowers and Trees
- Working as a volunteer in Oxfam
- Quality drawing paper and a 1B pencil
- Carpentry tools
- The smell of wood
- Using essential oils
- Spring mornings
- Summer evenings
- Autumn leaves
- Snowdrops telling me winter will not last forever.
- Primroses repeating the promise
- Being surrounded by pure, clean plant fragrances
- “Lush” products
- Beautiful fabrics
- Eating in good company
- Listening to Leonard Cohen, John Otway, Tracy Chapman, The Pogues, Radiohead…
- Looking at my jugs – yes, my jugs – made of china and clay.
That will do for now…
©Jane Paterson Basil