Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining up here in the Pacific Northwest! The earth keeps turning and we are well out of the season of endless gray days and long dark nights. The days are getting longer and sunnier. Within the next several weeks they’ll culminate in seemingly endless 18 hour days!
An almost manic euphoria sets in and we all get busier and busier as the last glimpses of daylight linger until 10:30 pm. Combine that spring and summer pace with all the “normal” asks/demands of life and soon a spell of overwhelm and stress is cast that can easily take a toll on our emotional and physical health.
One of my favorite writers and teachers is Danielle LaPorte. (Check out her new podcast, Light Work: Self-realization, straight up.) She calls wellness “the new rebellion” and says that “…being a wellness crusader for yourself is an act of sacred activism.”
I hope that you will think of LILIPOH as a helpful resource along your wellness journey. Taking time out for self-care and making it part of our routine is often not intuitive or it feels selfish to those of us who are activists, change-makers, co-workers, and caregivers.
It’s okay to put yourself first—slow down, rest, and rejuvenate. Yes, it’s a privilege to have this option. Own it, appreciate it. By doing our due diligence when it comes to self-care, we can show up stronger, more sane, centered, and present for our friends, families, and society.
When we do our work in the world from that place, burnout is reduced and our impact is magnified.
Find a sunny spot (or a shady spot!), relax, and enjoy our Spring issue.
Please take good care of yourself so you can take good care of others!
Christy Korrow, Editor
Errata: An article in our Winter 2018 issue, “Meeting All of Our Students as They Need to Be Met Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Waldorf Education” by Vicki Larson, was first published in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Renewal – A Journal of Waldorf Education, which is a publication of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. We regret the omission of this citation.