As I’m distilling the wisdom transmitted on the Falling in love with Gaiapilgrimage, I am in the process of reinstating my self care routine. To be honest and vulnerable-- since the summer of 2016 I got off of my self care routine.
Each day I would say to myself--just one more full day of admin--just one more email--even though that entailed many hours sitting at my computer. I avoided the things I love the most including long walks outdoors, daily herbal nourishing infusions, infrared saunas and extended play with my family. Like so many of us Western folks do, I pushed myself hard.
We are witnessing the rise and rebirth of the Divine Feminine and yet so many of us are still living our lives in the throes of the Patriarchy. The most revolutionary act is carving out more time for yin activities, more time for stillness, for deep listening and deep receiving.
Yet it’s challenging to enact this in our daily lives because our world hasn’t aligned with the rhythms of the feminine. The demands of technology pressure one to constantly answer calls, texts and social media messages. We are expected to do more, and more and more.
However if we look at the multitude of “natural” disasters including fires, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and tsunami warnings happening right now (like today!!!), our Earth is literally demanding we slow down and deeply take stock of how we are living.
Each one of us is a holograph of the collective. So how to stoke the first fires of this much needed Divine Feminine revolution?
Simply take good care of yourself, your living temple. At times this may seem selfish and totally purposeless when shit is hitting the fan. However after spending many hours yesterday, tilted back in an awkward dental chair, I can personally attest there is nothing selfish about taking good care of yourself. When you choose to offer impeccable care in honor of self, you save money, time, resources, emotional health and so much more energy that you may in turn devote to others and our Earth.
The first step is to outline what your self care needs are. And to evolve them. I personally recommend evolving your care with the seasons, as your needs will shift as the weather shifts. Make sure there are elements of healthy dietary choices, plenty of clean water, body care products you can pronounce, being outdoors in nature, physical activity that brings on a sweat, deep meditation and enrichment that deeply nourishes your soul.
On the day of the eclipse while abroad in Glastonbury I said, “This eclipse is more than writing a new chapter in your life, it’s the chance to write a whole new book.” We are fire walking in this time of great opportunity.
What are you weaving in this new web of life?
And what are you willing to let go of to create more space for that which you love?