There’s a common fear that many of us women have faced at one point or another – the fear of being selfish. For some, self-care is conceived as a selfish act, so we may choose to abandon personal time to devote nurturing energy to loved ones, our jobs and everything beyond ourselves, leaving us with a feeling of depletion.
In Ayurveda, daily self-care is the foundation of being able to live fulfilled and balanced lives. Dr. Claudia Welch reminds us that we need a minimum of 2 hours of self-care a day just to stay neutral! Self-care can mean meditation, mindful movement, time spent in nature, preparing and enjoying a conscious meal, writing and self-reflection, massaging your body in oil, getting a good night’s sleep, being playful and doing things that replenish your spirit.
At a time when I was feeling depleted myself, I came across Shakti Gawain’s “Reflections in the Light”, a beautiful little pocket book of daily affirmations and reflections on inspired living. The mantra shared here is a reminder that, as we fill our glasses full, we give and receive from a place of abundance with greater joy and ease.