The best gift for Valentine’s Day – or any day – is all wrapped up, waiting to be opened.
As we proceed to the Day of Love on February 14th, there are many possibilities: jewelry, red roses, clothes, chocolates, music, a romantic dinner. Of course, these are all lovely and wonderful. They are tried and true, but I have a special one that you can receive.
Along with giving to those you love give to yourself also! Yes, I mean it. If you look in the mirror, you will see who to give it to. Your gift will be extraordinary.
In this year of 2013 we find ourselves moving at a phenomenal pace. Pressures abound be they personal or professional. Finding the life balance between the two can be a full-time job. Then as the scope is enlarged, there are the ever-growing deadlines and expectations generated by our technology. We are always on 24/7 – in constant contact and demand. Finally, and very clearly, there is even weather induced stress due to climate change and the wild fluctuations of Mother Nature which we are all experiencing.
How to cope?
How to be your best? How to be the true you in the midst of all these factors and pressures? The answer is giving yourself the gift of self-care with tender love!
Eating well and exercising are crucial. The nutrition found in green leafy vegetables, free range protein, organic fruit and whole grains is a basis for your health. When you exercise, you release endorphins, those “feel good” hormones and counteract the stress hormone of cortisol. Every body can benefit from that.
Be mindful. Limiting the continual stream of media and negative news is obvious. There is another level, another depth, which can truly work for you.
By creating a sacred time and space for yourself you are able to rest into your center of peace. Allow me to share with you a short meditation so you can experience this now.
First we shall relax the body by using the breath and then concentrate the mind.
If you are able, please sit erect with your feet flat on the floor. Have your tongue resting comfortably in your mouth. Exhale your distractions through your nostrils. Inhale light down into your core extending these muscles. As you exhale, pull your abs towards your spine and intentionally release other tensions.
Now focus on your deep inhalation, having plenty of “space and wideness” in your body. Drop your shoulders as you sink into your hips. Use the color green, the color of spring and growth. Let green permeate throughout your whole body, from the top of your head to your feet, bringing healthy balance and strength.
Now as you continue this Breakthrough Breathing, gently turn your attention to your thoughts. Choose a word that inspires you, ie: peace, truth, grace… As you exhale, begin to watch your many thoughts. As you inhale, concentrate on your one chosen word. Allow your breath to help you in this.
Exhale and release the focus. Inhale and use the green light to go further with the concentration on your inner prayer.
Give yourself time to do this mini meditation and get familiar with these techniques.
Ideally do them at the same time and same place each day. They will serve you well.
When you practice this, you will be giving yourself the precious gift of caring for yourself. It is life’s authentic present, the now in which you can be rejuvenated and be your best.
Happy Love Day, Happy Self Love Day, each and every day. Take care of your body and mind, so your spirit may shine. Have fun opening your present!