I love the moon and her spiral cycles! What’s almost inconceivable to me is that, “It’s the same moon!” For as long as human beings have been on the planet, we have all watched the same moon! It’s ever changing and always beautiful. Do you take time out occasionally to look up at the moon and soak in her silver energy? How often do you take time for yourself?
I tend to get up, drink coffee and start my day without “remembering” to meditate and exercise. My biggest diversionary tactic is checking my email right off the bat. I know it’s not the best way to begin my day. I guess curiosity kills the cat and my motivation. Sometimes I do exercise and sometimes I do meditate. When I do my day goes better and I feel better. I like to make time to write in my journal. When I do I feel more clear. I also use my journal to explore new possibilities. I am always questioning myself. Now I am encouraging you to question yourself. To misquote Socrates, the examined life is worth living!
We all need to have some form of regular self-care. It’s critical to our mental, physical and emotional health. If we burn the candle at both ends, our light will go disappear. We won’t be helpful or useful to anyone if we are grumpy, tired and worn out. And yet, paradoxically, guilt seems to instantly step in. The negative self-talk starts up. “I have to do this. I need to do that. I must get there.” Really?
We are at risk of burnout, emotional exhaustion, when we try to do too much, go too fast, cram too much into one day, one week, a month, a lifetime. Burnout will lead to a loss of enthusiasm and a sense of disengagement from your life. Regular self-nurturing can prevent these feelings of being overloaded and depleted.
What are some of your major stressors? Do you have any strategies to cope with stress? What are some changes you could make that would help you take better care of yourself? These questions require consistent self-monitoring.
By taking better care of yourself, you become more compassionate towards your mind and your body. Self-compassion leads to acceptance of where you are in the moment. This compassion then extends towards others and love continues to grow.