Have you found that place where you can go to soothe your soul? A quiet place that calls to you and only you. Maybe no one knows where you escape to for a little bit of time. We all need that place. For some of us it can be a walk in the woods, by the ocean, on one’s own porch or in the comfy chair in the bookstore.
How empowering it is to have a place that grounds you and comforts you, especially when your world can be harsh and demanding. To be alone with our thoughts and cast out our intentions for the week or the year or maybe just a simple prayer,
bless me, guide me, show me the way.
Often times, our homes, our places of refuge can feel like the opposite of calm and peaceful. Grumpy overworked spouses, demanding over booked children and loads of laundry and dishes don’t exactly say, “Welcome home, sit down and relax.” The welcome mat on your front door might say welcome home, but for some of us we wish it would say, please go away, I can’t deal with anyone else today.
If you can’t feel the comfort and relaxation in your home, try seeking it elsewhere – local woods, out in your garden, coffee on your porch while everyone is still sleeping. Those moments will nourish you and bring you back to a place of joy and love. Love for your life and yourself. Isn’t that where you have to start anyway? Before you can accomplish anything or give to anyone else? Confidence, self-esteem, self-worth must be worked on, focused on, you need to have it before you can give love to other people.
A lack of those critical pieces in one’s life can lead to failed relationships both friendships and romance, bad habits that destroy your health and more stress than you can handle. Self-Care is exactly what it says – it’s caring for yourself. All the parts of yourself, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritualty.
When you find that place in your life that can offer comfort and healing balm for the dark hurt places, you are moving in the right direction. It is often in those quiet moments in those places you love so much that moments of revelation come to you. You begin to figure it all out. The answers come to you.
This summer, go find that place that speaks to your soul. You will know it when you find it. If you are lucky enough to have that place, spend as much time as possible there. It will bless you in more ways that you ever thought possible