What Are Your Essentials?

Apr 3, 2020

We’ve been hunkering down for almost 3-4 weeks now and the idea of accepting this new norm might be starting to settle in. Some days it may feel just right and other days it’s utterly uncomfortable.

What is happening, whether I like it or not is a distilling of what’s essential in my life. With all this talk of essential vs. non-essential businesses and people, it can feel underwhelming to sit at home, in stillness as those on the frontlines selflessly keep us safe. But in reality, that is where some of the hardest work lies and if we’re up for it, we can slowly pull up a chair next to it and say, “Hi Self, I’m finally here.”

Without makeup, hair dye and bras, we are collectively surrendering our masks and doing so for the betterment of others. That, to me is the journey of the warrior. To sit in stillness so that we may know ourselves better and to collectively rise, as one world. It’s not a linear path and it’s not for the faint of heart, as some days are much harder than others. It requires dedication and an openness to strip it back to where it’s real.

At Forest School, that back to basics approach is etched into the heart of our mission. We take the time to connect to ourselves, each other and the greater world around us by giving ourselves the time and space to be and pursue that, which intrinsically interests us. It’s truly a gift in a time where overscheduling and the glory of busyness are celebrated. In nature, no one cares what you look like, smell like or have to offer- it only matters that you show up regularly and stay for a while. That you remember who you are.

I saw a post the other day that resonated, as its goal is to help others cultivate beauty in their everyday lives. Beauty, not in societal standards, but beauty in what fills us up energetically and allows us to radiate from the inside out. These daily questions include:

daily quarantine questions

  1. What am I grateful for today?
  2. Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
  3. What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
  4. How am I getting outside today?
  5. How am I moving my body today?
  6. What beauty am I creating, cultivating or inviting in today?

For me, these questions check my mind, body and soul boxes and are currently my essentials. Right now, we get the chance to root out all that is not essential. Now is the time to turn things around and slough off the excess.

It’s an emotional cleanse that asks, what are my TRUE ESSENTIALS?