The past week and this entire weekend has felt very challenging to me. The challenges haven’t been intense and dramatic, but they have been taxing, even so.

I’ve been deeply aware of a thrum of anxiety, a hum that vibrates away internally, almost unheard, but running my reactions and ways of being in the world.

This week in particular, I’ve been noticing the thrum and discomfort, and seeking comfort in my own ways. Yin Yoga. Walking in the forests. Sitting beside running water. Reading. Planning. Setting up ways to care for myself more regularly, with more fun. Monday evenings at 5 Rhythms Dance is part of this plan.

Poetry helps too. Once of the poems I lean towards is by Wendell Berry. It moves me deeply, every time I read it.

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

So, I’ll leave you with some bits and bobs to enjoy your Sunday with, and I’ll be back next week with a longer story.

Please do scroll down to check out the two ecourses I’m offering soon, as well. They’re heartfelt, and I’d be so honoured to have you join me.

A fascinating article on the origins and aims of Etsy.

This is a facebook link and so worth watching – a dance legend in her 70s!

A very long and fantastically excellent essay by poet Wendell Berry on feminism, the body and the machine.

Until next week,

Janelle

ways to pay it forward and create fundraisers of your own

I’ve donated to, and been part of creating fundraisers for many different great causes.

Something that always bothers me is the cut that the platforms take – classic crowdsourcers like Gofundme and Indiegogo take a total of 8% or more from the donation amount.

However, there are other excellent options. For any sort of compassionate fundraising, you can use YouCaring and Generosity. They don’t take a cut (although paypal does) so the only fee is the payment processing fee, which is usually only 3%. This makes a big difference.

Please, if you’re creating a fundraiser, or hearing about someone creating one, direct them towards the cheaper versions.

Aaaaand, having said that, here is a Gofundme fundraiser for Ciara Morningsky Stick, a woman from my hometown, who got the unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer, at the young young age of 32.