Dear Reader -- It's been more than a couple of years since I started posting A Seed every other Monday, The Bloom every other Thursday of that same week, and The Care every other Wednesday in between. I noticed I often had a quote that got caught in my thoughts and decided to share it. Then, I realized I liked the idea of inviting you to mull it over with me and expand it. This led me to compare it to the way we might tend a garden ... first we plant a seed ... hopefully it blooms ... and then we continue to care for it. Also, since I'm really interested in how we grow, evolve, and age as well as possible, I usually put an emphasis on happiness and health. Make it a Wednesday and it's Happy, Healthy Hump Day and that's where we are today.
At the end of The Care, I always say, "Be care-full". I very consciously and deliberately avoid saying be careful most of the time. While a certain amount of fear can keep us safe in dangerous situations, I've seen too many people overly cautious and keeping their life small and holding back from living fully. Being care-full is something else all together.
When we provide care we look after the needs of someone or something. We feel concern, interest, and affection. We attach importance to something and we set the intention to do it in the best possible way. We provide what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something and before we can offer it to another, we must show care for ourselves first. How can we do that? Here's a start:
Feed/nourish yourself with whole foods.
Make time for R&R -- rest and renewal. It's ok to push yourself to accomplish great things and it's also necessary to then restore your energy levels.
Create good sleep habits that support your daily recovery.
Spend time in meditation or quiet, nurturing contemplation.
Say nice things to ourselves. I'm a big fan of repeating uplifting affirmations while looking in the mirror. Get in the habit of talking to yourself the same way you would with a dear friend.
Get strong, keep moving and stay active.
None of these suggestions are very specific for a reason. I want you to spend some time paying attention to what you need and want. Once you start showing yourself the kindness and concern you need and deserve, it will be so much easier to extend it to others. Be full of care and if you feel like you need a little support with your distinct needs, get in touch with me.
Sending you Sparkles and Love,