Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Comfort Drawer/Medicine Bag

Sarah Ban Breathnach writes in her book Simple Abundance about a Comfort Drawer. This is meant to be a special drawer that you outfit with all the beautiful things that soothe your soul and make you happy. A place you can escape to: nibble your favorite candy bar, light your favorite incense, draw a bath of the most sensual bubbles, etc. She recommends lining the drawer with beautiful shelf paper and tucking in sachets of your favorite scent as well. This is such an amazing idea. I have started a comfort drawer and hope to keep filling and sweetening it.

Goddess Leonie has an idea that is very similar to this. A medicine bag. This is a bag, real, or psychological, that you fill with the things that heal your aching heart. For me this is a list of things like: eat Nutella, hang out with my bestie (Irish Goddess), and a list of other tried and true methods of healing myself. There is a page included in the 2010 and 2011 versions of the Creating Your Goddess Year workbook and I filled mine out last year. Here is my page filled out for 2010.
There is one more resource that I would like to share with you, to tie this whole crazy blog post together. Allison, over at BrocanteHome wrote about the Comfort Drawer idea. Her take on it was that before the new year we should empty out our Comfort Drawers and take those beautiful things we save for ourselves, and indulge in them on a daily basis, not relegate them to something only for the hard rainy days. I say we should do that with our Medicine Bags as well. Dump them out on our beds, slather on that lavender lotion, eat that dark chocolate, brew that cup of special tea, call our best friends, watch movies that we normally feel guilty about, meditate, hold that beautiful moonstone crystal that almost glows, and more. These are the things that fill my Medicine Bag and Comfort Drawer, but yours might be very different. If watching Star Trek in your snuggie and eating cold chicken is how you find your bliss, then by all means do it! The point here is that beauty and comfort and indulgence don't have to be special occasion events. If you have always wanted a ruffled pillow to rest your feet on while you watch tv, then by all means woman get yourself one!


Dark Mother said...

What an inspirational post, and perfect at this time of year! I'm gonna chew on this and definitely incorporate some of these ideas into my New Year's spellwork.

Thank you.

SushiQ said...

Thanks for introducing me to Goddess Leonie! Her site is great! I can't wait to get my calendar.

~*Gypsy*~ said...

I LOVE this post! Such great ideas!

Melissa said...

LOVE it! Keep the fantastic posts coming Kristina! :)

Fiona said...

I just found your blog. A comfort drawer/medicine bag, what an inspiring idea. I like the background of your website, it's eye catching! I'll be back for the updates.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Blessings Fiona

ladaisi said...

What a terrific idea - a drawer for the beautiful things!

Ever read White Oleander? In the end, the protagonist Astrid outfits little trunks - so you open them and find a whole world.

I like this idea even better than a drawer. A trunk of special things.

- Lauren

Ladaisi Blog

Inis said...

Love it!

Irish Goddess said...

Oh I love the little drawing it is so cute and I love hanging out with you too that is also one of my favorite things to do