What is one thing I can do today that would promote a gentle and quiet spirit in me?
I actually had to take time to think about this one for myself. In the context of our family I spend a lot of time being almost the opposite, not in a violent sense, but in the ‘I care for four pre-teen boys’ sense. Rough housing has often been the order of the day, though one is getting to big for me now and I have to plead for him to be more gentle on me. Twelve years old and almost as big as I am, it is quite daunting.
I know I push myself really hard every day. This is doubly so with study, I expect a lot of myself. I think, perhaps, though in consideration of my new family loading and some recent illness that I really need to start finding more opportunities for self-care for my own health and sanity.
I miss having regular recovery time and this whole give everything for a Semester and then fall over, get ill, recover and engage in a tad of self-love only to do it all again is something that doesn’t work for me at the age I find myself at now. So, okay not today, because I am falling over with exhaustion right now, but sometime this week I will be changing my study plans in such a way to lower my workload so that I can make a life that is overall, far healthier.
I am going to make time for reading and sewing as well as getting some extra fitness time in. I am going to lower my stress levels and I am going to spend more time in mindfulness.