R/R is our Personal TLC

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
— Lao Tzu

Did you miss me?

Yesterday was a bit of a recovery day for me and my family. My only trip out of the house was to the chiropractor, and it was all I could do just to get the kids in bed before I conked out myself! This leads me to my reflection on the day: How we rest and reflect is a key part of our self-care. 

In an era of instant contact, instant connection, and often an expectation of instant gratification, the quiet, slow, spacious care of body, soul, and spirit keep us well and help us to nourish those in our care. As the weather in Seattle shifts into the totality of wet and cold, journaling and reading, sipping tea, sitting under blankets by a fire; all these become more consistent rituals for me and all the more necessary. The seasonal rhythms and impacts are not written into our work schedules, our "kronos" time, our corporate calendars, so it is especially important that we rewrite them into our personal schedules and our family calendars. Building space not only in the morning but in the evening. Not only on the weekends but in the midst of hectic weekdays. Our parasympathetic nervous system (the system that works for our regeneration and rejuvenation) is off while we rush, hurry, and scramble in anxiety. All this to say, our rest and reflection is an act of self-love. 

Our body needs our conscious love and investment to thrive. Our soul requires space to settle. You know me, I'm intensely active and often quite busy, yet I have recognized the need to  breathe and be. Save some TLC for yourself, dear friend, and build some structure and space for some R/R. 

What do you do to nourish the whole of you? 

Barefoot Ben FaderComment