I have been using the phrase, “tend to myself” in the last few months. It has a gentle feel to it and when it comes to caring for ourselves we need some gentleness. It also is about paying attention to oneself. I am paying attention to myself with greater detail and with greater compassion and gentleness………I am tending to myself.
We can get by without much “tending” in the first 20 years or so of our lives. We have such a strong life force, strong immune system and such great vitality, that typically we can get away with less sleep (at times) more abuse of the body, a less than fabulous diet etc. It will show up eventually but if we have a day or two to recover at that point in our lives we are good to go!
I have had particular reasons that required me to pay a great deal of attention to my physical body for many years now. It has served me well as it put me on the path of healing that brought me to where I am today. For that I am grateful.
But in this chapter of my life, my caring for myself seems to have deepened. I have shifted from ‘taking care of myself’ to “tending to myself”. It is a subtle shift but a shift. It has brought me into a deeper relationship with myself as a physical body, a mental/emotional body and a spiritual body. I care about myself in a more real way. How am I feeling? What am I feeling? What do I need to nurture myself? How I talk to myself, how I care for the space around me, the people that are in my life, my work, how I connect and develop my spirit, how I deal with my emotions, how I really care for my body……….all of this is a part of ‘tending to myself”.
Can you take your relationship to yourself to a deeper level this week? Can you bring more attention and kindness to how you tend to yourself? What will that look like? You can spend some money by getting some bodywork, but you do not have to spend any money at all and really up your self-care. Well, yes, you do have to purchase good food so there IS that money………..
Let yourself be inspired! I just finished a 10 detox and it renewed my desire to fuel my body with very clean food. It is one of the ways that I enjoy “tending” to myself and my body is grateful.
My love to all of you…………. but not to the mosquitoes in my back yard. I have not reached that state of enlightenment yet:) Where IS there place in the circle of life??? Melanie
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