Listening to a wonderful CD this morning, by Karen Drucker, A Retreat of my Own.
Monday mornings are retreat time for me. I like to light a candle, (don't turn the computer on or read emails till afterwards), play soothing music, and treat myself tenderly.
Yoga stretches, pigeon pose for my hips, downward dog for my hamstrings, shoulder rolls, whatever can move me into my body and into receptive mode.
Then I worked on my retreat schedule for the New Moon retreat upcoming.
Oddly enough, at my chiro/naturopath appointment later that morning, the subject of Receiving came up. She was getting that I had some energetic blockages around being kind to myself, taking care of me. And we cleared some old baggage (stored in the body since a very early age, and reinforced with time as a belief system). I won't go into the details, but suffice it to say, I had no conscious awareness that these issues were still so strong in me. Since I lead retreats and blog about self-care, I assumed I knew how to take care of myself. I eat well, I live well, and I even allow myself a massage once or twice a year (hah!).
Anyway, the upshot of my morning, is that I am now willing to receive. I am ready to make room for myself in the busy schedule, and I am willing to be taken care of. There, I said it. Not so hard really, but words alone are not enough.
I welcome you all to consider how you can be more gentle with yourself today, strive less, push yourself less, make room for the heart and breath, and really allow the beauty you are to be what you love.
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Good News from Imagine a Woman International: May 3, 2010
This year the Imagine a Woman poem is celebrating its 15th year anniversary with a new website and new programs and opportunities for personal growth and professional enhancement. You're invited to the launch of the IAW WomanSpirit Empowerment Program, today May 3, with free inspirational gifts and complimentary coaching at http://www.imagineawoman.com/. We'll be celebrating WomanSpirit all week so get your party clothes on, invite your friends, and come on over.