My boyfriend’s birthday is Oct. 26th & mine is Oct. 29th. Since they were bookends to a weekend this year, we decided to go somewhere quiet & remote. Nestled among the trees at the top of a dirt road in Milford Pennsylvania, I found a charming little cottage with a joyful stream flowing alongside. That stream, like every place in nature, has it’s own energy… I could hear it giggling as it danced over the rocks, carrying autumn leaves off to some new adventure. It beckoned me often throughout the day, every day & I found it to be the perfect place for my morning ritual. Each morning, as close to sunrise as possible, I greet the Earth by putting my hands flat on the ground & the Cosmos by reaching my arms upward, honor the four directions, & calmly take a few deep breaths as I respectfully reconnect with all that’s sacred– the Divine above, below, & all around me. These few days away fed my soul.
It’s so important to remove one’s self from day-to-day obligations, to nurture the spirit & reconnect with nature. We need to give ourselves permission to feed our hungry souls. For me, it means leaving my to-do lists behind & unplugging the world (including my cell phone, the television, & the computer).
Even if you can’t afford a vacation “getaway”, get away by unplugging the world & staying home alone or with someone you love. Care for your Self in a way that is right for you– “replenish your well” as some say.
The more we care for our Selves, the more we have to give others.