While I couldn’t completely keep myself off of social media and online articles, I did refrain from reading any books or watching my typical movies.
Here’s what I did:
- On day two my stomach hurt, so I simply cradled by pillow and stayed under the covers, doing nothing at all. It was actually quite lovely.
- I cooked a bunch of potatoes. I haven’t cooked since March!
- I went to a birthday party, went to a gay bar, and ended up having a meaningful conversation with my friend from Afghanistan.
- I cleaned house by swapping all my summer wear for my fall wear. Got rid of a ton of clutter from the cupboard under the sink. The change is invisible, and yet the studio feels so much cleaner and breathier because of it!
- I talked on the phone with my mom–per usual.
- I jogged twice on the weekend. The weeks before I might have jogged once and went for a couple walks.
- Made my studio nice and clean–of course I do this any ways but it’s still an accomplishment!
- I did my Louise Hay meditations, as usual
- I “buried” my fantasy life (what should have or could have happened in my life), so that I could let go and work with the present. I have yet to burn it, but I expect I’ll do this on the full moon.
- I lit incense did a new moon ritual and wrote down everything I want to let in to my life.
- I made a friend on the train, who gave me a stem of tuberoses and of eucalyptus.
This, I suspect, was the point of reading deprivation–we were meant to explore what activities or creations we could make outside of just consuming entertainment. It’s actually kind of nice!