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“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Dear Friends,

We are all too familiar with those days when you feel like you are pushing yourself to function at a baseline human level. I see you. I see you in the person weaving in and out of traffic gesticulating wildly and saying what I’m sure are lovely things. I see you in the Mother staring blankly ahead at the store while your child throws tantrum number 4 for the day. I see you in the person doodling on your notes during that meeting that could have been an email. I see you in the person being short with the waitress taking your order because that guy took your parking spot. I see you in the mirror sometimes.

We have all seen these people. We have all been these people. I’m sure a whole thesis could be written on judge not lest ye be judged as it relates to all these scenarios. I don’t have time for a thesis today. So, without judgement, I offer a reminder that in order to give the best of yourself to the world you need to treat yourself with kindness, patience, and compassion. Not all days are good days. Somedays you need to take care of yourself and there is no shame in that. Far too many people opt not to practice self-care because it is perceived as selfish or they don’t think they have time. I would counter that if taking 30 minutes to meditate every morning makes you happy it is the most generous thing you can do for the people around you and I promise you have the time.

So, I challenge you this week make time for at least one thing that brings you joy. This month, try some new self-care practices. We live in a community overflowing with opportunities to nourish your soul. Here are a few ideas.

  • Get outside.
  • Create something.
  • Watch a new movie at home or the theater.
  • Take yourself on a date.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a drive with no destination.
  • Sit and take in a view.
  • Introduction to Meditaion with Present Moment Practice: March 19, 6:00-7:00 At JRPC
  • Knitting For Peace: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00pm At JRPC.
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm At JRPC.
  • The Cranium Origami Group: The Cranium creates origami delights every 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday, 1:15-3:15 At JRPC

Be good to others and yourself,
Carol Schwartz