How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 5–Mental and Emotional Immunity: DIY Retreats

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches 
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 6–Spiriual Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

DIY Retreat, Patio Version

Amid all the fuss and fuming these days over this, that, the other and, dare I mention it, THE COVID, be sure to take a breather, a Do It Yourself retreat.Outside is good. Sunshine. Fresh Air. But it could be anywhere, really, where you could steal away for a few minutes to clear the mind, lower the blood pressure, and calm the soul–if, need be, alone.

Grab a book (side note: children’s books are fantastic reading material for adults, too, one of mine would be anything by Dr. Seuss), a cup of coffee or perhaps a glass of wine, put on some tunes, breathe deeply, and veg…

The young homeschoolers, if any, could do something they enjoy just now, too, and if there is a baby involved, forget the housework; take your DIY retreat during nap time.

So today, for my own listening pleasure, relaxation, quiet inspiration, and to boost my mental and emotional immunities, I have put jazz brilliant Marian McPartland‘s* “On 52nd Street” arrangements from 1953 on the CD player out on my small patio where I have just arranged, on decorative stands, some small multi-colored pansies, “color spots,” and “confetti bowl flower arrangements” near my pink, tea-rose bush that is also in a (large) planter. My brother Andy, who has taken many of my header photos, happened by and took the picture, above.

Oh, I also added a Spanish Lavender (“Anouk Supreme”) which graces me with a hint of delicate scent, too, courtesy of an occasional breeze.

I am an unabashed fan of poet laureate Billy Collins, so I have brought a small collection of his books out here, too. The birds are chirping and twittering (but I think one is building a nest somewhere in the eves of my carport, so I’ll need to look into that later).

I love birds.

Thus, I am about as far from all the frazzle and foment as I can be, at the moment, in this small but sensory-rich patio retreat.

Join me, if only in spirit, where you can?


*Here’s a bit of McPartland piano magic, not from the collection above, but a piece with a particularly apropos title, don’t you think?



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