Artwork: Louise Bourgeois

Good morning beautiful people,

I hope that you are safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world.

As I write to you, feeling light contractions in my lower belly, I remind myself to breath.

My big day hasn’t arrived yet, and all I keep hearing is how the breath, connection to self and to the people around me, will be crucial on D day.

I am not going to go into further details about an experience I havent lived yet, but all your wishes for a smooth delivery are very welcome, they will for sure impact my experience.

The pandemic is bringing a lot of isolation in our life, some living it better than others, but as we can no longer avoid the fact that we are all interconnected, and how helping one, impacts us too, it is our time to step up, in however way we can.

I personally feel the need to reach out to others much more than I usually do, and nurture myself from what I give and receive.

Is it when we are stripped of our basic rights to move freely that we start holding on to what cannot be taken away from us: i.e. connection beyond physicality and community?

In times like these, it is no longer a matter of listening to the critique within, pointing out to our imperfections.

Listening to the stories we tell ourselves about others may still feel like a safety net at times, but how about realising once and for all that critiquing others, is reflected directly back at us. So as we become more mindful of our thoughts and actions, we can start being and doing differently. Easier said than done, but we are all trying our best right?

On this note, I am going to invite you to take a deep inhale.

Feeling the air moving in through your nostrils, your belly expanding, and your body relaxing. As you take your time, feeling your feet touching the surface they are resting on, how about breathing out your tensions and the part within you that needs to be looked after with more loving and care?

Yes, this all sounds a little cliche, but our immunity is built from all different sources of vitamin C, including Community.

My wish for us all today, is that we forgive, connect and do our best to let ourselves and others know we have their back.

Like always, looking forward to hearing from you.

With Love, and Deep Respect,

Vanessa

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