Beauty, Awe and Self Care

Sea and Sky merging above  Kokee on Kauai

Sea and Sky merging above Kokee on Kauai

Good Evening, God!

What an amazingly beautiful world! Thank You! And how wonderful to spend the Labor Day weekend on Kauai where my loving husband, Kit, won his age group (70-79) in the Kauai Half Marathon. I am so thankful. And so relaxed.

I guess it was the start of Day Two on Kauai when I realized that I had zero responsibilities. Zero! Now that my Mommy is with You, I don’t have to worry about phone calls at unexpected times. And the four-session class I conducted on Forgiving is done, too.

Amazing to feel this relaxed! I can’t remember when I last I felt this stress-free. Hmm. It would seem that being stressed makes it much harder to do the exercises that lead to relaxation.

The Inner Metronome ticks away . . . and the Inner Time Keeper says More to Do . . . No Time to Waste . . . Faster Faster . . . 

It came to me this morning — at breakfast with Kit by the ocean’s edge — that simply emptying my mouth before putting in another bite is SELF CARE. That one bit of Awareness will slow me down. And slowing down, relaxing my pace, is a big part of Self Care for me.

Somehow, God, all these years I equated Self Care with Selfishness. But, it belongs under Personal Responsibility! The Bible clearly tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. But, we tend to focus on OTHERS FIRST — and often ONLY — not realizing that order doesn’t work long-term.

Once again, we have it backwards! First comes Self-Care / First Loving Ourselves –THEN loving others.

Ah, but I am just beginning to understand what self care consists of. I have this funny feeling it involves loving guidance to Exercise my Body, Heart and Mind a lot more. And, Oh YES, keeping the Sabbath and NOT working! So much to learn . . . please help me, God.

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