When I Feel Raw

December 14, 2012 5 Comments

Kelly Dahl, feeling raw


I know the feeling all too well.




The sources are varied.





Sometimes the sources remain a mystery. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. Perhaps I really know but I’m not ready to face the truth.

I do what I know can smooth the rough edges, calm the inner turmoil and release the inward pull so I can expand once again.

A long hot shower.

A show for my kids to watch.

Cardamom tea.

Time away from the computer and into a book.

Tiny retreats to feed my soul.


Do you have your own tiny retreats? I’d love to hear what helps soothe your soul when you’re feeling raw. Leave a comment below and we can all learn from each other’s healing habits.

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  1. Kellyrose says:

    A hot bath, massage, green tea, Loreena McKennitt and a dear friend who knows how to be present and hold space.

  2. Kara says:

    When Jeorge was in the ICU last year and I was feeling this I turned to a complete stranger. I just needed to cry and have someone hear me out that did not know me or my family. The weight that came of of me that day was amazing!!

  3. Despite my intention for ease this holiday season, I do fall into a place of overwhelm and rawness, but instead of pushing through I turn to self-care. Yesterday I took a bath in the middle of the afternoon, today I will spend sometime playing with my son. It’s a new muscle for me to turn to compassionately loving myself instead of driving ahead. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Caroline says:

    Reading as I am waiting for a massage. Ahhhhh the retreat of touch.

  5. Thank goodness for shows for our kids during these raw times. And beautiful cello music, candles, a hot drink and a journal.

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