“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”
― James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
Yesterday I stayed in my pajamas all day. Not because I wasn’t feeling well, but because I needed a wellness cave day on a rainy, windy winter day. I literally put my to do list into a drawer. Instead, I read, watched inspirational videos on Youtube, listened to music, napped, made a pot of lentil soup, and then a veggie curry. The food and the day were delicious.
I told my friend Katy about my day and she said it reminded her of the Danish concept of Hygge, roughly translated as coziness, or well-being. Hygge comes from the Norwegian term, hugga, meaning to comfort, or to console (and is the origin of the word hug!). This philosophy on life can be a feeling, an experience, sensation, a welcoming atmosphere, a lovely conversation, a slowing down, a cup of hot chocolate, time spent with loved ones, or any of the simple, soothing things that bring you joy.
Along with staying in my pajamas all day yesterday, here are some other ways I experienced Hygge my first winter in Portugal:
Wearing (and never taking off) locally made sheepskin slippers – a must on cold tile floors in an unheated apartment.
Perfecting an awesome vegetable curry and having the smell fill the apartment.
Sitting by the “fake” fireplace with a cup of ginger tea.
Having not one, but two, hot water bottles to keep me warm at night.
Hanging out with my husband listening and dancing to newly discovered music.
Bringing home produce of every color from the farmer’s market, and having it fill the kitchen with sunshine.
Standing by the river before the world wakes up and in the soft silence have secrets whispered to me.
Eating homemade buckwheat crepes filled with apples, pears and bananas and copious amounts of cardamon.
Calling old friends while bundled up under a cozy duvet.
Coming home from an early morning walk on a cold day with my cheeks still red and glowing.
Wishing you all a day filled with Hygge – whatever that means to you!!