The last few weeks of my life have been very full, busy and at times hectic. Between work, family birthdays and playing with Wise Old River there has been little free time. As a result of my rushing around, I couldn't help but notice that the plants on my little front porch were beginning to look more like dried flowers then the lovely flowers I had recently purchased at the store. Thursday night before rushing off to an evening of performing with our band, I made myself stop and really look at those plants. I knew I could quickly water them, as I had been doing, but then I also knew it just wasn't doing the trick. These plants needed some special attention.They were dying. I took each one into my bathroom where it is cool and humid. I placed each one in the tub. I gave each plant a nice big drink and then turned on the shower and then talked to them a bit. Yes, I do that from time to time:) Then I closed the curtain where they could rest, out of the sun and into the cool moist air. I left them until I returned late that night where already I could see a difference in them. Yet, I have to say the damage already done from my neglect is still apparent.
During the time that I took care of these plants, I was immediately reminded of the importance of caring for my own soul, spirit, mind and physical being and how especially during these busy times I can neglect caring for myself on a daily basis. By now, I was beginning to feel very tired and exhausted. As a result I had made less time for meditation and quiet times. I was not sleeping well and because I felt so tired found myself reluctant to seek out physical exercise. I was feeling the results of all of these things, so once again I was reminded of the importance throughout each day to include moments where I can care for my "self". My heart needs rest and quiet. I am nurtured by taking time for some emotional connection with family and friends. My body needs to move and eat good nutritious food and sleep. My spirit needs refreshing by sitting even for ten minutes quietly before God, taking a few moments to read from some spiritual writing. I can take that devotional reading and think on it through out the day. For myself, I need to allow some time throughout the week to write and reflect on my life. My mind needs challenges too. I need a good book to continue to plug away at a page at a time. Being open to good conversation and listening to other folks ideas is important too. There is only so much time in the day, but if I make it a priority, I know it will make a difference in my day. Daily caring for my whole being in little ways and then making those specific times like today where I make a concentrated effort to focus on these things in the same way I gave those plants the attention they needed can make all the difference for how I approach my life. Then as a person, I won't be like those dried up flowers, but alive and rested and capable of being the best me that I can be. What do you need each day to nourish you? Are you taking time regularly to care for your whole being? Are you making a choice to specifically set aside time and space for dedicated care of your own soul? Peace, Jeanne