1. to make full or complete again by supplying what has been used up or is lacking
2. to put fresh fuel on (a fire)
How do you take time to refuel and replenish yourself so you can live your best life?
So often we put everything else ahead of our health and well-being. It can be terribly difficult to make time for ourselves, especially if doing so results in guilt for spending time away from loved ones, the office, or whatever feels more important. In our busy lives, it can feel excruciating to leave the house for 90 minutes to take a yoga class or grab dinner with a friend. And these important time-outs dont do much good when we are stressed or anxious over taking them in the first place.
What if we were to change how we think about the time we set aside for ourselves? What if we were to learn how to recognize its importance in our lives and the lives of the people who count on us?
In the book The Trance of Scarcity, author Victoria Castle writes, “Those of us who want to do good in the world are especially accountable to our own well-being. If we are to be of real service to humanity, we must make ourselves available to be nourished, inspired, and sustained. Otherwise, how would we keep going?”
This is profound on many levels, but two parts of this quote speak to me most. First, she says that those of us who want to do good in the world are especially accountable. Often we act as if we believe the opposite; we behave like martyrs, giving to others and never taking the time to renew ourselves. I also love the way Victoria says we must make ourselves available to be nourished, inspired, and sustained. It is up to us, a choice we can make and a necessity to our lives.
If we don’t fill ourselves up, how can we expect to enrich the lives of others?
Every day you have an opportunity to be renewed, replenished, nourished, inspired, and sustained (not to mention relaxed!). Take note of the above image, “the meaning of life is to live it”. My hope for each of us is that we take the time to do just that. What activities bring your life the most joy? Plan to take the time for those things in your week and be ok with your decision to spend some time doing what you love. Spend some time every single day in your body and with your breath. Go out for tea, a cocktail, a meal with friends or family. Replenishing yourself can be as simple as taking a few moments to feel gratitude for your health, your family, or the other blessings that bring your life joy. A daily gratitude practice — even just a few minutes each day– is itself nourishing, inspiring, and sustaining.
Choosing to nourish yourself takes practice and you will have to figure out the habits that will help you LIVE your best life. I challenge you to REPLENISH yourself so you can continue to give to others. Serve as an example for the other people in your world. How amazing would it feel to inspire your children, a parent, your spouse or partner, a friend, a coworker to be kind and good to themselves? Start a domino effect for the people around you and “Be the Change you want to see in the world”.
This spring to help you Replenish yourself, Sokenbicha is giving away a case of their REPLENISH tea blend and a sweet swag bag to one lucky winner! I’ve tried the new flavor and I am a FAN! To enter to win, follow @SokenbichaTea on Twitter, share this blog post and include the @SokenbichaTea @carolinefitness handles. You have until the end of April, so you can share this post as often as you’d like for added chances to win.
How will you REPLENISH yourself this spring? Give love to yourself, it makes the world a better place 🙂
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