This weekend, was the first of our Integral Yoga Hatha teacher training, and whilst it snowed outside, we were introduced to some of the many wise teachings that lie behind Integral Yoga.
I can't even begin to touch on all of it, but one of the things that our teacher told us, I found really pertinent.
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You need to nurture yourself first.
And then you can better care for others.
I feel like I have met so many people lately, who are so busy running around after and caring for their families and friends, that they are not taking enough time to nurture themselves.
Throw in massive responsibilities in the workspace, trying to find time to exercise and to run a household, and it's no wonder that so many people don't even have the time to realise how in need they are of some nurturing.
When you are giving of so much energy, you really need to receive some to.
We all need some downtime.
This can be done through going for a massage or holistic treatment, or simply sitting down and paging slowly through a magazine.
Stop and think and contemplate, when last did you do something simply because you wanted to, and it left you feeling revitalised?
Not everything that nurtures you needs to cost money either.
I was thinking a lot about this yesterday, and in the weird way that life often works out, an idea of how to do this for anyone on a budget was presented to me.
As I lay on the couch finishing a great chic lit novel, called The Perfect Retreat, I discovered this advice from the author Kate Forster, in a random Chapter added at the end of the book.
The Retreat at Home:
Not everyone can head to a super expensive weekend retreat to restore the mind, body and soul.
With this in mind, I recommend you plan the retreat at home.
Let those closest to you know that this is what you will be doing. Ask them to respect what you need to do for yourself.
Clean your house or the space that you will be retreating into. The last thing you want is to be trying to 'Zen out' and worrying about the dust on the side table. Change your bed sheets.
Stock your fridge with healthy food and snacks. Nourish the body and mind.
Buy yourself some treats. Nice magazine, a scented candle or bubble bath or all three if you can afford it.
Organise an 'at home massage' if you can or give yourself a lovely indulgent facial treatment like a mask or body scrub.
Unplug your online world. Turn your phone off and don't check emails or voicemails. If a true emergency occurs, someone will come and inform you.
Take a walk and take out the headphones of your iPod. Be present in the walk, look at the world around you and open your perspective.
Do something creative, or read a book.
Watch gentle movies or try a Yoga DVD. Try meditating or at least relaxing for a period of time.
Go to bed early and turn off the alarm for the morning. Let your body find it's natural sleep rhythm.
I can't wait to do this.
Why don't you treat yourself too.
Light some candles, close your eyes and breathe...
Even just for a day.