I’ve been given a reprieve.
DH took the kids to FLA for the weekend leaving me to recharge for two whole days!
I started thinking about this weeks ago. How exactly do I want to spend my FREEtime?
I could call up my single friend to see what she’s doing. An evening out with her is always eventful. But usually entails a day of recovery on the flip side. With only two to myself, I can’t spend one of them in bed. Scratch that idea.
Then I received the Kripalu catalog in the mail. I LOVE getting these! You know how some women are with their fashion mags, or gossip rags? They block out a chunk of time to slowly turn the pages of their indulgence while letting themselves sink into the fantasy. Well, I do this with retreat centers. I wait until the kids go to sleep, and then get swept away by the holistic offerings of these places. I often find one or two programs that suit my fancy — something like Dance Your Heart Wild, or Awaken Your Energy Yoga –– I may even check the calendar to see what my availability is. But I never commit.
Honestly, these days…that’s not how I’d choose to spend my time away from home.
But it is how I’d spend my time home! I can create an at-home retreat for the two days!
Immediately, I started searching for yoga workshops, or anything local that intrigued. Like a four hour something I could delve deeply into without any time constraints or distractions. I kept my eyes open online, and in class, but nothing showed up. The Let’s Fly inversion workshop didn’t really appeal. Nor did the Chakra Tune-Up.
Fine, I didn’t need an organized workshop. I could just take class.
And take care of my soul.
That’s what I’ll do. I’ll nourish my soul. I’ll recharge. And replenish.
So what exactly does that look like? Taking care of my soul? I know there’s a book out there…Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore. I think I even have it on my shelf somewhere. But I don’t need a book to tell me how to care for MY soul. That’s the beauty of it! I get to decide how it happens!!
And this is how I do it:
Write something that matters to ME here
Write something else to keep the muscle sharp
See a movie (Blue Jasmine, highly recommend!)
Dance Party in my living room listening to some weird spiritually driven music like Alice Coltrane Universal of Consciousness
Eat vegetarian with lots of onions (I always have to omit them from my meals re: the kids)
Read Yoga And The Quest For The True Self (Awesome book which requires major concentration. It’s like I’m reading the encyclopedia i.e. important information)
Drink Green Juice
Watch a music documentary (Made In America — it grabbed me surprisingly)
Watch Super Soul Sunday (Of course Oprah is included!)
Forget about the Time
Slow Down and Do Nothing!
**Notice that “sleep-in” isn’t on the list.
It would’ve been except DH’s alarm went off. But it’s okay because that brings me back to the part that I don’t want to spend my time in bed.
**And of course Mom’s work must be done even when she’s off the clock. Grocery shopping and organizing childcare never seem to go away. Oh, and cleaning up. I’m always effing cleaning up!
So it doesn’t have to be a complete drop out/tune in to take care of my soul. In fact, it’s the opposite.
It’s whatever lights me up, or whatever moves me — both inside and out.
How do you take care of your soul?