Loving Myself Enough to Take Time for Me!

I was so looking forward to the “Deep in the Heart of Winter” retreat but alas, I was too late registering for it and it was full up!  So now what do I do?  I know that I need to take time for myself in some kind of retreat.  I guess I will have to look for another one.  Soon.  My soul is calling for one.

I have heard people say that they don’t want to be selfish so they don’t take time for themselves.  To me, it isn’t being selfish, it’s simply looking after your own needs.  You need to be well and healthy yourself before you can take care of other people effectively.  Or even interact with others in the best way possible.

So how do I know what I need?  Well, first of all I look for something that I enjoy.  Or something new that I’ve never done before and think I might enjoy.  Sometimes it’s something that has been calling to me for awhile but the time hasn’t seemed right or didn’t work out for some reason or other.  When I’m looking for a retreat, I know that I need something with lots of built-in space to just be.

I guess I listen to my inner knowing to discern what I need at any particular point in time.  I know that I need time away by listening to my body and my soul.  Sometimes I notice a sign or information about something that really gets my attention and I know that it’s for me, that I need it at this time.  Often I know that I need a particular class or retreat or whatever when I’ve seen it in two or three places or a couple of people have mentioned it to me and it feels right.

I guess I know what I need through past experience and knowing myself.

I’d be interested to hear how you take time for yourself.  What have you done lately that was strictly for you?  How did it feel?  Did you feel like you were being selfish?  I’d be delighted to hear about your experience.

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