Today I have been cocooning. After spending some time out and about this morning, by lunch time it was time to come home and cocoon. Cocooning has two primary characteristics.
The first of which is that it is about being isolated from the world for a while, sometimes by myself, sometimes with my best friend (who also happens to be my husband!). It is about taking time out from the busy-ness of life and just being. Perhaps spending an entire afternoon reading, or chatting with each other or relaxing. Doesn’t sound like much but somedays in a busy life it seems like a great indulgence and other days it seems a near impossibility.
The second characteristic of cocooning is that it must be comfortable. Whether that is sitting in my favourite chair in front of the warmth of a winter fire, curled up with a handmade quilt for extra comfort or whether that is sitting in a cool spot in the garden in summer and just enjoying the garden. Typically it does not involve technology – that is the surprising part! No laptop, ipad, mobile phone. Perhaps a book, a newspaper, a magazine. Perhaps a glass of water or wine, a mug of hot chocolate or coffee.
That is all it takes to cocoon. Perhaps the best thing about cocooning is that it can take several hours. A minimum of three hours at least. A time when you don’t have to be anywhere, do anything specifically, and the chores and housework are put aside for a while. Cocooning from the world, from work, from responsibility and just taking time out.
Some people are fans of the slow food movement, I’d like to start a slow afternoon movement! In a bid to live a more sustainable life, sustainability sometimes comes in the form of slowing down, taking time out and just being.
Living a sustainable life is about finding balance, and today I found that in the cocoon that involved my favourite comfy chair, a handmade quilt and some time in front of the fireplace. Tomorrow I may equally find balance in busy-ness and productivity.
You don’t have to have a cat curled up on
the couch with you to cocoon – any favourite pet will do!