I highly recommend naps. Especially in winter and extra especially on a grey winter day. They are healing for body and soul and, I think, a pleasure to be deeply enjoyed.
There’s something different about napping in the afternoon versus sleeping at night. A nap, even when deep, seems a unique state of being. It’s as though our brains can be at complete rest while processing with some level of awareness that’s just outside consciousness.
Winter naps are one of the most valued tools, if you will, that help me navigate in life. Most of you are aware that each year I shut down for a week or two during the holidays. On my calendar in the kitchen I write “Winter Rest” across those days. And that’s what I do with them. Rest my body, mind and soul.
It’s during those days that I ask important questions and reflect on the things that arise from them. I sort of open my intuition a bit wider in the quiet and solitude and notice what comes. It keeps me flowing down the river and choosing the best fork of the river for my journey.
And this has been an interesting year for asking important questions.
After deciding that my best course of action mid-pandemic was to close my office, I’ve been revisiting that choice and seeking a path forward into this year. I believe it was the best decision to let go of the office space and then begin seeing people in nature. I cannot describe how wonderful it was to work outside with the birds and breeze. That is, and probably always will be, my preferred way of working. Nature supports body therapy beautifully. At some point in the future, I see a tiny building that I can open up in good weather and cozy up in cold. It’s on my radar. I’ve seen designs I like!
Until then, I must choose a path for the present moment. I have . . .
I will be going back into the office in February! Yes, the same room in the same building that I left. I’m so happy that it’s still available. The neighbors are just lovely, and I like the big window and that cheerful tree. It’s also familiar to many of my clients, and I think a certain amount of familiarity is comforting these days.
Everyone in the building is observing all the standard precautions for preventing Covid spread. In my space I’ll be doing the same. And I won’t be seeing a full number of clients at first, but I hope to set hours that will work for most everyone.
You may be wondering about my parents. They were the biggest factor for my ending in-person sessions. They’re still doing well. I do need to be more available to them, and have worked that into my schedule. I have two other sisters and and nieces and nephews who all check in on them. Things are well in hand. However, we are all concerned that they not contract the virus. Eric and I are concerned equally for his mom.
This is where life is not always simple.
I need to protect my family, and I need to work. So I will do my best to offer in-person appointments to you and be as careful as possible with my family. It’s for this reason that I will require masks at all times covering both mouth and nose, as per both the Tarrant county and Texas state mandates. I also have a small HEPA filter that will be in place in the room. The enclosed space inherently creates an increased risk, and so I ask that we both be mindful of that.
I will make in-person appointments available on-line during the first week of February, probably on the 2nd or 3rd. If you’d like to schedule before then, just send me an email, call or text.
I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Until then, take a nice nap!
Peace and comfort be with you. – Jana