We have been very busy these last few weeks; friends, clients, events, and planning even more for the next two months. I am so very thankful to be living what I love, and helping people find their inner peace.
I saw the quote in this photo today and thought it really resonated with many of the conversations I’ve been having with friends and even new acquaintances.
Everyone wants happiness, love, fulfillment, and purpose. We seek it through our education, our careers, our families, etc. We focus very much on what we “do” to create that sense of emotional calm. I think that often in this pursuit, we forget to take care of ourselves. The buzzword these days is “Self-Care” and I think it’s a wonderful conversation to be having.
Self-Care is what we do for ourselves in order to center, balance, and refocus; and everyone does it differently. It may sound indulgent but it’s actually crucial to your health, or you risk burnout, stress related illness, and even emotional resentment. We are used to the old adage that hard work pays off, and indeed it does, but if you sacrifice your energy without replenishing it then you will never reach that point where everything is in its place. Which is exactly what the quote is addressing when it says “Find peace and everything will fall into place”. We often use Self-Care as a reward,”I will finish this task first before I eat lunch,” or perhaps, “If I can get dinner done quickly tonight then I will do a meditation before bed” but you never actually make it to do the meditation. This approach is missing the point of Self-Care entirely.
Elizabeth uses a great analogy with our clients where she explains that we are all cups and we pour ourselves into our families, our jobs, our commitments; however, when we pour and pour all day everyday our cup soon empties. We cannot continue to pour from an empty vessel. And so the idea of giving, doing, and putting everything in its place first will never bring you peace. It is only by taking care of ourselves, scheduling in Self-Care, that we can replenish our energy and maintain our focus so that we can continue on our personal journeys.
Another fantastic Buddhist saying that has been passed down for ages is “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you are busy, then you should sit for an hour.” You can accomplish a lot in meditation, so it’s not indulgent or time wasted. It’s a time for you to relax your body, replenish your energy, and while you are peaceful you can focus on manifesting your goals, sending your thoughts and prayers out to the universe, and listening for guidance.
We have a group meditation and reiki circle coming up in a month to focus specifically on this point. If you are in the Sanford, FL area then we invite you to join us! We will be at The Center of Wellness: Sanford on October 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. The cost is $10 per person, and meditation begins at 7pm with light refreshments and soulful conversation to follow. Follow us on Facebook and RSVP here!