And on the 29th day of #40DaysOfSelfCare, we rest and REJUVENATE with poetry, seascapes, and pillows.
When I feel my pace become rushed or wonky, I cozy up in my bed, propped up by soft pillows and read a few poems. By the grace of God and Santa Barbara, my bedroom window frames the Pacific Ocean, so a seascape adorns my southern wall. It’s one of my favorite places to relax.
Poems. Seascapes. Pillows. A holy trinity of sacramental rejuvenation to be celebrated at least weekly; daily if you’re keen to zealous relaxation.
Poets are masters of the creative pause. They know when to rest the words, yielding to graceful flow and steady rhythms.
The sea is the queen of the pause, surrendering her majestic powers, stopping to briefly kiss the shoreline before returning to her briny kingdom.
And pillows? Well, they are the ultimate sirens of rest, ruling the land of naps and snooze.
Poems. Seascapes. Pillows. My three amigos that never fail to rejuvenate my body, mind, and soul.
Here are a few of my favorite poets and poems about seascapes. This first one reminds me of the painting, “The Blues” by Jon Ortner, that is the feature image of this post.
And this second poem is by my favorite poet of modern times, John O’Donohue. It’s a few lines from “A Blessing For Equilibrium”
Ah, the joy of coming home to rest in poems, seascapes, and pillows.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Insert a pause into your day. Prop up on a pillow and read a poem in your favorite space and place. And if your inner poet awakens, find pen and paper and allow your words to ebb and flow across the page.