Then I realized that its because I want to emphasize the importance of rest and reflection without devaluing the importance of structure and accomplishing our goals. The truth is that we need both.
But often we give more respect to productivity and accomplishment during times when what we really need is time to recharge and reconnect with our heart. Soulcharge I call it- time we create in our lives to focus on filling our cup and recharging our soul, as well as the specific practices we do to make this happen- booking a trip, preparing a nourishing meal and many more.
Especially during the winter, the body needs more rest and care. Nourishment. Compassion and love. And we can tend to push ourselves. More than is healthy. And this pushing is really not even necessary I've found.
In the past few weeks, there were times when I felt quite burnout- I was focusing on work and giving to others more than I was giving to myself.
And then it clicked as I've learned again and again: it is only by taking time to love and care for ourselves that we can truly give to others. That we can give to others without compromising our energy. We are better able to help others because instead of our energy being forced, it is sustained, inspired and grounded.
And upon realizing the importance of this truth, I came back to my heart.
And then it came to me: mindfulness. Mindfulness changes the quality of our lives.
Its about getting back in touch with the present moment, our body and the breath. Its about present moment awareness and checking in with how we feel right now.
Overworking can create misalignment- our head gets ahead of our heart (Ironic, I know!) And when our head is ahead of our heart, we lose touch of the here and now. Mindfulness brings us back to the present moment where true fulfillment lies.
Where we realize that nothing really matters more than our health and happiness, that we live a life that is full of abundance, connection and nourishment.