Yesterday morning the ocean called me - I heard it and I went.
Ok, I didn't go - it's a couple hours drive to the ocean and I was up to my ears in re-dos, projects and other work...
but I did seize half an hour out of my day to take a soak in the tub (with bath salts, of course).
Now - what with only having a regulation sized tub, in possibly the tiniest bathroom on earth (5' X 6' with heels, if bathrooms wore heels), I couldn't do much to create the whole wild-waves thing of the actual ocean - but it was enough (I plan to sit by a real lake this weekend, but that's another story).
Believe it or not, my bathing habits aren't the reason for this post. What I want to talk to you about is self-care - X-treme self-care!
I did hear the ocean yesterday. When I let my pup outside for a romp the gusts of wind were whooshing crazy-wild, like ocean waves. And the neighbor's disharmonious wind chimes clanged like buoys. I felt an internal pull to head to the water.
I needed water. Something happens when I'm around it: I feel more grounded, more myself. I feel connection - to Source, to everything - and everyone (including mySelf).
Water is one of the tools in my self-care toolbox - and I'm beginning to realize that I'm all about X-treme self-care and that darn toolbox!
I've learned that in order to be my BIG self in the world - in order to connect in a healthy way, give and take freely and deeply - I first need to revel in self connection and self-care (and YOU do too, I'm writing this to remind both of us!).
It's the oxygen in the airplane thing again.
So, in order to work X-treme self-care, I pay attention (ok, that should read: "I try to pay attention" - because, in all honesty - I don't always remember) -
and yesterday I heard the ocean calling. I needed to be near water. I'd prefer ocean, but a bath did nicely - and there's that lake trip in the works. I wonder what will call today...
How about you - what's calling YOU today? Will you pay attention?
Photo credit: Karen Caterson (can't you just tell when the pictures are mine? lol)