iI am in the throws of being sick. I have a soar throat which is my area that will get effected and let me know, it is time to rest. It is not like I didn't know this before my throat started to hurt. I know the path all so well and some times I listen, others I do not. However, I am taking the day to do not much of anything and it feels really good. I am fortunate enough to use homeopathy, Standard Process supplements and have a pot of chicken soup going from a friend. These are all ways to support my exhaustion that do wonders to support this restful day.
I am not too sick and I saw it coming so I listened early. I will have this one down day, take a bath, enjoy a restful day and get some small duties caught up. I believe my body deva has been wanting me to do this for a few days if not a week. It is the way of this body that it will do what it needs to run well and if you don't follow it, it takes its course and lets you know, "Lie down". I find it better when I do listen. It is a powerful tool of self care and allowing this innate health system to work for you.
I don't feel bad when I don't listen for it is only learning and chances are I will listen sooner next time. It is all slow incremental change to honor yourself in a world where moving almost 23 hours is the expectation. Little by little we learn to add in true self care that will only support our great work in life. Down time is very key not only physically but for creativity, the mind and the spirit to recharge.
I think when we are young we can push the body so much further as it is on the building phase. As we get older, it doesn't like that so much and won't perform like in our 20s. Being holistic, whole in all areas means having regular rest as in night and day. Our world doesn't support this but it is the greatest self care there is. Good sleep on the top of the list. So valuable and so important for we detox our physical body, our mental and emotional bodies. We need this reset daily.
We need to have rest for the parasympathetic system to renew, rebuild, rejuvenate our system. It is clear I have not done that. Without regular relax, renewal, our systems get taxed and we get illness. You can take the "I" time well or ill. Our choice. I didn't slow down at regular intervals so it builds up. We tend to do that. Have busier times where we don't rest. Here and there it works but for prolonged periods or as a practice,, we will not have good health. We need our down time each day, each week, each month to have the greatest health. It must be on the to do list or chances are it won't happen.
I am usually very good at this but apparently not so good. I wish I had done it when I didn't feel so bad for it is a healthier rest when my body deva doesn't knock me down! To be holistic, whole we must do all things and rest is very important. We are running into our busy holiday so rest when you need it. I plan to learn from this sore throat for the rest of the month. Drink lots of tea, relaxing baths and enjoy quiet peace to support my body.
Self care is the ticket to a happier, healthier life. It is so valuable and you notice when you are ill just what you are missing in wellness. It must be done daily, weekly and monthly or consistently as part of our life. Without this down time, our body lags. Our systems get clogged and weak and our spirit low. Learn from me and get yourself through the holidays with a sparkle by using self care to rejuvenate. We can savor all life more when our body feels good. This sensual season you want to be on to partake fully of the wonder it offers.
Be well! I wrote this post days ago and have recovered to my bright sparkly self!! Oolala!
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