Self-Healing and the Holidays
Holidays are the hardest time to do self-care. How do you focus on Self-Healing when you are so busy?
My assistant has a winter cold. As I encouraged her to rest, take a day off, stay in bed, she smiled and said, “I don’t believe in pampering a cold.” While I admire her fortitude and dedication to the tasks at hand, I also felt that the Universe was holding a mirror to my face. I saw myself in her, as I am often unwilling to nurture this body that has served me so well for so long.
When Hungry – Eat. When Tired – Sleep.
The Universe has an amazing way of teaching us about Love. My personal lessons of late are all about self-love, self-healing and self-care. These have always been a challenge for me.
An old Zen saying says “When hungry – eat. When tired – sleep.” Simple and basic. Yet, we are often so resistant to doing the simplest and most basic of things to take care of ourselves.
Not to minimize the importance of the work we do, but the truth is -- we are microscopic organisms on a tiny blue ball, whirling through the Cosmos.
Our fierce determination to make a difference gives our lives meaning. And our lives should have meaning. We are here for a reason. But the reason may not be what we think it is.
Why Are We Here?
What if we are here to learn to Love? What if learning about Love – love for self and love for others -- was really our ONLY reason for living on Earth?
If so, staying in bed for a day with a cup of hot broth while nursing a cold might be the most progressive thing we could do in our own evolutionary process. Self-healing will help us heal the world.
A Simple Solution
As we get closer to the Holidays, stop a few times each day and check in with yourself. Are you hungry? Do you need to stop for a few minutes of quiet time? How about a short nap?
And as you are rushing ahead with laser-like focus on the task at hand, remember to be aware of what (and who) is around you. Notice the old man struggling to load a heavy box into his car. Notice the homeless woman pushing the grocery cart of her worldly possessions, needing a warmer jacket. Step forward when you can and offer a hand.
And as you extend kindness to those around you, remember that you deserve kindness, too. Give yourself the gift of love this Christmas. This is the key to self-healing.