I absolutely advocate taking time for yourself - time to heal, and also time to pamper and indulge.
As women, we are caretakers, nurturers, multi-taskers, and harsh taskmasters to ourselves. At midlife, we are often struggling with demands we never anticipated facing - the needs of children and parents, career shifts we didn't see coming, relationship/marriage challenges we didn't see coming, plus hormonal shifts we didn't see coming... all of that (and we didn't see it coming...) you know what I'm talking about, right?
I love the idea of retreating. As in: withdrawing from the battle. As in: taking silent time away from the world to contemplate nature and spirit.
As women, I think we need regular retreats. Whether it's our weekly Goddess Time, an annual week away, or a quarterly day or two, it's needed. You deserve it. Yes, you.
And I deserve it, too. I struggle with that, still, even after years of personal healing, I struggle with having a sense of deserving.
I have these gorgeous pictures of my retreat last weekend, and I almost didn't share them with you - because there is still that inner voice that says "don't show them - they'll think you didn't deserve it, they'll think you're self-indulgent..."
Well, not. I'm choosing to believe that we all (that includes me, and you) deserve to care as lovingly for ourselves as we can, which includes rest and pampering.
I took three days this week and went to a Women's Yoga Getaway at a nearby resort/spa (actually a luxe fishing lodge). My friend Laura, who is a gifted yoga teacher, was facilitating it, and 15 other women from all walks of life were there too, a wonderful group.
I did lots of yoga, worked, learned, moved energy, meditated, stretched myself, relaxed myself.
I lounged in the hot tub.
I sampled liberally from the beautiful menu and nice wine list.
I took a water taxi across to a little island spa where I had a seaweed wrap, which was kind of like getting to be a pampered baby for an hour.
I spent time alone and stared at the sky and waves.
I walked slowly everywhere I went.
It was good.
|tea in the main lodge|
|arriving at the spa by water taxi|
p.s. in the e-course, we'll spend a whole week on cultivating self care. it starts in 3 short weeks!!!