Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing from your life? Like if you were to order a mocha ice cream cone and got coffee instead? Part of what you ordered is there, but the parts that give depth of flavor are missing.
I feel like that’s what happens when we live our lives running about going from one task to the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy. But is it satisfying? Personally, it leaves me feeling empty.
The way to fill that emptiness is not with more doing. Rather, I feel we're being asked to sit and be with ourselves in a way that is loving and reflects gratitude for all that we are.
When you think about taking time to sit with yourself to journal or just sitting with a cup of tea, how does that feel in your body? Do you long for moments like these and then find yourself thinking you should do a load of laundry? It may seem freaky that you’d rather do laundry than sit with yourself, but it happens because your ego doesn’t want you to get quiet. You're making it nervous so it will try and distract you. But you can be persistent and sit anyway.
Set a timer for five minutes and sit. No need to do anything else. When you get to the point where you can sit for five minutes without the urge to get up, try closing your eyes and practice breathing. Deep, slow breaths in and a slow exhale. Notice how this feels in your body. Can you relax? Can you give yourself a big hug?
It's important to spend a few quiet intimate moments with yourself, to check in and see how you’re doing, to love yourself.
If your life seems crazy, hectic and/or out of control, then all the more reason to take time for yourself because when you feel like something’s missing, chances are, that something is you.