Imbolc Me Gingerly and Undeniably

With Imbolc comes The Return of the Lights, hints of longer days, whispers of Spring through snowflakes, thoughts of cleansing and new beginnings…

I wanted to celebrate the holiday by starting the wildflower seeds my Mother in Law sent for my last birthday, and by beginning an exercise routine. But the seeds will have to wait… This morning, the Great Mother chose to wear a coat of snow and an overcast veil. I’ve never been one to contend with Nature’s moods, in matters that don’t involve threats to my immediate survival. So the planting will sit still until She, who feeds us all, allows the Sun to touch her limbs and warm her soil.

I’m approaching my return to exercising with caution. After leading a partially sedentary life for almost a year—limited to physical therapy and the occasional walk—the flesh and bone gets sluggish and hesitant. I need to test my body’s capabilities with gentleness I’ve never had to use before. I love me, so I’ll take the time. Today’s “routine” will follow no plot. It will be mostly troubleshooting. I want to know how many squats I can do before my legs begin to shake, how many modified crunches before my tummy starts glaring, how much bridging and so on…

I’ve put together my Day One playlist (“Satisfaction”, “Map of Tasmania”, “Todos me miran”, “SexyBack”, “Home”…). One hour with my favorite songs, doing one of my favorite things: working with my mind and body, so that we can fight the uglies that attack our health and sexiness. Our modesty needs no help, it’s always at 100% *giggles infused cackles*.

How are you celebrating The Return of the Lights, my Wicked Luvs? And if this day is not in your holiday list, add it! I mean, seriously; it’s fun and it makes Nature happy. Besides, it gives you a new second chance to start working on that exercise routine you were supposed to begin in January *cough, cough, cough*. May your day be Bright!

Post Scriptum: Tonight, I shall also lurk through your cyber-homes. I’ve missed your words.

Postquam-Post-Scriptum: (I always wanted to use that) According to Wikipedia, the etymology of the word “Imbolc” is unclear. Eric P. Hamp, an American linguist, suggests that it means “both ‘milk’ and ‘cleansing’. With those two meanings in mind, go ahead and reread the title of this post *waits grinning*… Yes, my Luvs, my mind works in non-mysterious hysterical ways *cackles*.

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    1. ;-) *do notice my defined nose*

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  2. While you celebrate, I for one am petrified! Cheeky sun is shining and windchill of -35C. Mother is comedian alright! Muscles are tight and bones are brittle in the cold " my sexy kitten". so bring it down a notch!
    I will bath in my hot apple cider till June! xoxoDebi

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    1. She's quite the crafter and her sense of humor can be dark, wet, frizzing (and sometimes infuriating), but we must dance at her tune. Always. There is no way around her world-sized hips and her moving feet, so we might as well enjoy the party. Frigid winter and all. ;-)

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  3. I'm so pleased for you that you have set small increment goals for returning to exercising your gorgeous self. Be patient and kind.......to you. Mother will give you what you can do and not what you wish sometimes but that is because of wisdom at the cellular level of knowing her. Listen in the quiet time and you will be given much. I keep telling myself the same thing. The wisdom is already in us, but being quiet and listening (especially to Aries children) is difficult.
    The sun will come soon. Celebrate dear one. xoxo

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    1. "Listen in the quiet time and you will be given much." I love this chunk of wisdom. And I completely agree with the words that follow it. The waiting, the listening, the standing still for a while and for our own sake can be tough business. But we can do it, right? We Aries can do anything! *even is just to smirk in Fate's face.*

      The sun shall come soon, indeed! For us both, my Oma. ♥

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  4. I just know there are some tender green shoots under all this snow !

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  5. Imbolc isn't on my celebration list but Charming of the Plough is on the 6th of February, they are very similar in spirit. It's the start of Spring for me, a time to give thanks to both the earth that is springing back to life and the tools I use. Must admit exercise isn't on the list of things I'll be doing but I wish you well with your goals Magaly, go gently mi duck.

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    1. Charming of the Plough sounds like a great title for a story...

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  6. Making a tiny drum. May make two, and add a shaman's drum to Hubby's Vampire Killer's Kit. I'm going to hang out laundry and see if any of my lent lilies have shown their heads.

    You have fun with your body and mind. It's refreshing to see people being so honest and open about making themselves happy. (It takes you an hour? Do you have to give yourself a sexy dinner and a slow dance first?)

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    1. I saw your wee drum. And love it!

      The dinner and slow dance comes after my nap. ;-D

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  7. Imbolc blessings to you, Magaly, and don't overdo it!

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    1. I shall be smart about this. I shall be smart about this. I shall be... *keeps on telling herself*

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  8. Your approach back to exercising sounds wise, may it work well that way. My ancestors are from Ireland and Scotland so they observed the ancient festival of Imbolc and the goddess Brigid (who became St. Brigid in Ireland). In visiting County Clare in the west of Ireland recently, my husband's cousins described asking for a blessing on their home and livestock at this time of year. We visited a local holy well to celebrate.

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    1. Thank you for the wishes, Mary!

      That trip sounds wonderful!

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  9. This is the first holiday since I've discovered I'm on the pagan path. I've decided to honour the awakening of the sun by beginning to learn archery. I will also plant some seeds on the weekend (I would much rather have the option to do it in daylight).

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  10. It's a good holiday especially if it means springs is closer.

    Take it slow and may your strength and health grow.

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    1. I shall take it slow... as I wait for spring to smile on us...

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  11. Digging your play list! Just remember to not get carried away by the awesome tunes and over do it! Here's hoping for better health with the dawn of Spring!

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    1. I was extremely good to me, yesterday. The moment I felt my body getting too tired, I stopped the exercises and moved on to my stretches. The "no pain, no gain" motto is an illusion for me this days. And although illusions are quite pretty--and serve their purposes--I know they aren't true.

      May all your hopes come true! *giggles* ♥

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  12. It's the opposite here, of course. I've noticed the last couple of mornings that it's just a tad darker when I'm getting up. Still, this is appropriate for me, nevertheless! ;D

    "Besides, it gives you a new second chance to start working on that exercise routine you were supposed to begin in January *cough, cough, cough*."

    Best wishes for dipping your toe back in the exercise pool! ❤

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    1. Nature's resets are always a good thing, aren't they? Moving towards light or towards (our beloved) darkness just reminds us that we're still alive and things are moving.

      Let's get our work out on! ♥

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  13. *adding two new songs to my workout music playlist*
    Thanks for the new tunage, Magaly :)

    Yep, getting back into exercise slowly here, too. I'm not terribly excited about it, but good music helps a whole lot.

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    1. Yay for spreading the tunes!

      There are times when the getting back to PT bit can be a tad sad. For instance, I can't do push ups, or pull ups, or dips, or mountain climbers... There are so many things I can no longer do. Sometimes they get to me. Then I remind me that I'm learned new ones, and I have a huge brain (that still works *cough*) to come up with even more things to do. It doesn't always make me feel better, but it keeps me distracted; just like music does.

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    2. Now I'm curious about what two songs you added to your playlist, lol!

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  14. A blessed Imbolc to you, and may your return to exercise be fueled by fabulous tunes, and even more fabulous wicked cackles. Sending you strength darling witch.

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    1. Wicked cackles will fuel all kinds of things. Thank you!

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  15. Celebrating a late Imbolc for me this year! This time of year always makes me want to clean and exercise, get rid of old baggage I guess. I've got a few pounds of excess baggage I'd like to shed, oh I want to fit into my summer clothes before summer actually hits! I am taking it slow, like you too. I don't want to hurt myself and I've got a bad back!

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    1. You keep that back safe. There will be lovely sites to hike to... if not, how will the world delight in your beautiful pictures, right?

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  16. Love this post & how empowering is 'Map of Tasmania', can't believe I'd missed that, love the curlers & the artworks hahaha... getting sexy back babe, go for it... now I better search for a 'New Zealand' equivalent for the boys ;)

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    1. There is so much going in the "Map of Tasmania". It's easy to get lost. It happens to me every time. ;-D

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  17. Hmmm, attitude adjustment. I need to start seeing Mother Nature as her own woman. Just because she is wearing her grey veil (as you say) and freezing mantle of white She is not the enemy. Adjusting to this way of thinking is some times difficult. Thanks, you are an inspiration!!

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    1. I think we are very much like Mother Nature. We have our lovely moments, our terrible ones and sometimes we just wake up wanting to rip heads off shoulders (but we don't, since we look terrible in prison uniforms *cough*). I think we should try to give her a few breaks when she's frigid or hot enough to cook us... After that, we might give ourselves a break or three, too. ♥

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  18. I had lemon cake ;o) Don't overdue the excersizing ;o) Blessed Imbolc ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. Lemon cake! Yum!!!

      Today, my Piano Man and I worked out together. It was glorious torture. :-)

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  19. I don't celebrate, and I don't exercise - but I am feeling a Surte of creative energi right now, and a need to change up and renew. I hope it leads somewhere better than where I've been recently.

    I am glad to hear you are doing a bit better!

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    1. Arrgghhh! Hate auto correct on the iPad!
      *surge* and *energy*

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    2. I can't wait to see what comes out of your renewal wave!

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    3. P.S. Guess what? My camera said goodbye. For some reason, I thought of you... lol!

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  20. Map of Tasmania is great! I saw Amanda perform it in Australia, many years ago now!

    Post Scriptum: I wanted to say that too. Take it easy exercising!

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    1. I'm so very envious! I've never seen her perform "Map of Tasmania", and it's one of my favorite songs by her.

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