For about two weeks through last Friday, I was operating in what I call survival mode, my being focused on little more than Critter care, the most basic self care, and getting the work done. Then, on Friday afternoon, I finished the manuscript, delivered it, and headed off to sesshin. On my way to sesshin, I noted how I felt after all the work of the previous two weeks: left with a wasteland of a soul. There’s not a little drama and self pity to that phrase. But there’s some truth to it, too.
How does one restore oneself after days — or weeks — of disconnection? Apparently it can be just this simple: light the candle, burn some incense, make the bed, raise the shades — to the sunshine, to the rain — and get back to work.