I’ve been working with a Reiki practitioner for a few months. She's in Colorado, so we meet on the phone. After the first session I was hooked, and knew I needed to make it a regular practice. We wrestled with time zone and schedule issues, looking for a steady spot. Having appointments at predictable times lets my subconscious expect the self-care that is coming. It’s like giving myself a present. Finally, we found it—Friday afternoons. Once a month, I settle into my meditation chair and talk to Andi for a glorious healing hour—cutting cords, resetting my energy, cleaning up spiritual me. I love it. It energizes me perfectly for the weekend ahead.
The more I turn to thoughtfully planned self-care, the more energy I have for everything else. And when I make it happen on Fridays or Saturdays it feels like sweet luxury, even if it’s just a maintenance manicure. I block my schedule around my yoga practice, and I get up early enough each day to have time for journaling and meditation. As I’ve built these practices into my life, at times it has felt like too much. It’s the opposite of what I was trained into, the way I worked and lived for most of my life. But in most of those years I was working on others’ dreams, and frequently ruled by performance anxiety. I was fueled by accomplishment, not by creation or allowing. It felt paradoxical to build my work around self-care, but the proof of the value of it is in the love and magic that caring for self brings back to me; and it brings me more business too.
Yesterday I left a shoulder rehab appointment and went straight to the grocery store. I felt cared for by the shoulder work, and happy about the evening ahead. For many years as a busy single mom, I abhorred going to the grocery store in the afternoons. I have a physical memory of going into the story over busy and stressed with both my girls hanging on me, hungry, tired and bickering. You’d think I’d be over it, but I still avoid the grocery store after 12 PM—even on the weekends! Except yesterday, I didn’t. I felt peaceful and happy as I drove up. And inside the store I ran into three people I knew, all happy exchanges. One of them had a lead on a venue for a project I’m working on!
Miracles are everyone’s right, says A Course in Miracles. Purification is necessary first.
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Meditation is simple, but it is not easy. For years I found it an irritating monkey mind experience where I had an eye on the timer. What was on the other side? I’d think. Probably nothing.
Eventually, I broke through. It's joy when I sit, and I am loathe to leave the cushion.
Being alone with yourself is hard, until you push past the layer of your head and see that being alone with you gives you access to Everything. And then you take that abundant experience out into the world to share, and you are giving from a full well. You give, and it comes back. Universal law.
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