As feminine women, we all know how easy it is to give and give and give to other people.
But sometimes we forget that the most important person for us to give to is staring back at us in the mirror every morning.
It’s all very well doing little things for ourselves…treating ourselves to a meal we particularly like, having an extra 15 minutes soaking in the bath, taking a little extra time to read our favourite book…but how often do we do something that really replenishes at the core?
Something that lights you up inside.
Something that recharges your heart.
My guess (from knowing many many women around the world) is that it’s not very often.
These things often get filed under ‘unimportant or ‘when I have the time’.
But when we take the time to do something which juices us up from the inside out the affect is obvious in every single area of our lives.
We’re more happy and present with the people that we care about.
We’re more effective in our work.
We’re on fire! 🙂
So filing these sorts of activities under ‘unimportant’ is like filing your pay cheques in the nearest rubbish bin!
These things aren’t important…they are essential.
They fuel us…they replenish us.
They help us to put the life back into our lives.
Now the activities that feed the soul are different for every woman….but it’s very easy to discover what yours are…
Where does your mind go when it wanders?
If you didn’t have any responsibilities or obligations and you had an entire day with which to do exactly what you wanted…what would you do?
What are the activities that you do (or have done in the past) which light you up?
The ones that make you smile just by thinking about them?
It’s so easy to underestimate the power that doing these activities will have on your life. How you feel, how you behave, how you think, how you show up in your every day life.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to go salsa dancing for the first time in quite a long time. I didn’t go with anyone else (although I did bump into a lot of friends there, which was an unexpected pleasure!) I just wanted to go and do it for me.
Dancing makes me feel alive. When I’m out there on the dancefloor, the worries of life slip away and I feel completely and totally free. It completely and totally fills my soul up.
I spent the evening twirling across the dancefloor being spun and dipped to (quite literally) my heart’s content.
When I got back I was beaming…I had replenished my heart and soul and it was radiating from the inside out.
Dancing isn’t my only “Soul time”…I get the same recharge from singing, from spending time in nature, sitting by the ocean…there are a variety of things that I can do to feed my soul.
The thing is that we are always waiting for the space in our diaries to ‘fit this stuff in’.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but if you’re waiting for a spare couple of hours to magically appear in the middle of your day, evening or weekend the chances are that you could be waiting for quite some time.
We’re very good at filling time up. With family, with partners, with work, with Facebook!
Just an hour or two every week will make such a difference to you…and everyone around you too!
As feminine women, we know how important it is for us to receive and replenish as well as give, so it’s really crucial for us to make space in our busy schedules for this “Soul Time”.
So what is your ‘Soul Time’?
And when are you going to book your next “Soul Date”…one on one…just you and one of the things that you love doing the most?