Have you ever watched a cat bathe herself? It's a lovely example of mindful self care.
It's a ritual that starts with finding the warmth of a sunny spot near a window. The bath has a beginning and an end. It's a rhythm, precise and slow.
Watching becomes meditative. It seems quite the luxury of time that only a cat has. But I think the lesson is about pace, not the amount of time.
The unprecedented pace of our society has created a belief that every minute needs to be wrung dry. This express lane speed of life has also created an alarming degree of burnout, fragmentation, and need for self care: physical, mental, and emotional.
Self care requires a slower pace. We need to down-shift our actions and our busy minds enough to be able to receive our own signals.
Even ten minutes, when used mindfully, can nourish your body. Be present and slow. Extend your inhales... and your exhales. Get horizontal for even two minutes to allow your body to let go totally and to give your senses a break. Slowing down for self care might mean slicing fresh fruit to add nutrients to your breakfast or drinking an extra glass of water.
And when your soul needs care, feel its tugs. Retreat for a few precious moments of quiet. Ask the question that will invite in clarity. Hold the emotion that feels big. Reach out when you need support. Soothe your heart with your own love. Indulge in inspiration to shift your energy.
May you to find a warm spot in the sun or rain and begin your bath.