I think it’s safe to say that for a lot of people what we once thought was important isn’t anymore. The extravagant house, the luxury car, the expensive shoes/purse/clothes/jewelry no longer matter when your life is on the line. With cases of covid continuing to mount at an unholy rate here in Texas as well as other places in the States, I keep hearing from people at how their priorities have shifted. We’re in the fifth month of the virus, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
If you’re into predictions, Nostradamus pretty much nailed it. That means the last thing we should do is stop our self-care. Even if it’s something as simple as taking a few seconds to ourselves and looking out a window to the sky. That moment is what mediation experts call a gap, because just such a second can be the difference in centering ourselves and falling apart. So, look at the sky through a window, stare at flowers, laugh at the antics of animals, or admire a picture that you love. But take that moment for you.
I’ve preached on self-care since the start of the year, and it has transformed my life. From products like all natural face and hair care to meditation to stargazing. One that I can’t leave out is reading. Getting lost in someone’s world is something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. Books were a solace for me, a place I could go to see worlds and meet people created by amazing authors. I still feel that. There’s something so pure, so absolute as to lose yourself in a book. Where you stop seeing the words and it all plays in your head like a movie. Who doesn’t like that?
My parents were readers. I’m a reader, and I’m delighted that my children are readers. There are so many worlds out there waiting for us to find them. The excitement I feel each time I open a new book puts a smile on my face – and it’s the ultimate in self-care. We’re feeding our minds and our souls.
I’ll close as I do every because I think it’s important enough to say again and again and again: You aren’t alone. You don’t have to carry the weight of everything yourself. You’re stronger than you know, and there are others who are around if you need them. Please, please, take time for yourself.
Peace and joy happen neither in the quietness of the forest nor out of the accomplishments of the marketplace, but only from within.” – Sadhguru