Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Reminder That Ignoring Self Care Has Consequences

A Reminder That Ignoring Self Care Has Consequences

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned through my years in Al-Anon, practicing yoga, and through other spiritual connections is that self-care is not selfish. Self-care is honoring the body, mind and spirit we’ve been gifted.  It takes dedication, commitment, and work to do what is healthful. I’ve been lazy of late and am suffering the ramifications of my neglect. My immune system has been compromised and I’ve been sick this week. I hate it.

Normally, my self-care of eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables, practicing yoga 2-3 times per week, getting plenty of rest, communing with nature, an quiet meditation provides me with the wherewithal to fight off bacteria and viruses like Superman deflects speeding bullets.  But no-I made deliberate choices to skip breakfast, forget lunch until late afternoon, eat unbalanced dinners, work late instead of shutting down my laptop and driving the few short miles to yoga, allowed myself to worry about things over which I have no control, let my pedicure go untended for 2 months, and neglected to take the time to reflect on nature, celebrate the joy of just being, breathe in the perfume of the autumn air, and express gratitude for my abundant blessings.

Fortunately, with a recalibration of my attitude, I can wander back onto the right path.  I’ve already started by brewing some jasmine tea to rehydrate. And Todd hung my new “See Rock City” bird feeder outside the family room window this afternoon so that I can quietly watch and wait for the birds to come back and fill occasional moments with a sense of peace and serenity.  And Monday – back to yoga.  No excuses.  I owe it to myself to be the best that I can be at being. 

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