How to Take Time for Yourself



With each season comes new growth. The new season, whether it be Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer brings the dawn of something new. It’s a great time to go outside and experience the newness nature brings with the new season. One season has the sleepiness and drying up of one life and the other has new birth and new beginnings. While one is where life hibernates and the other is bright, sunny, and filled with activity. The changing of seasons is also a great time to take a few minutes for yourself and reflect on your own growth.


Why go through this preparation?

– Because we are human beings.

This preparation, if done right, can be painful, but as Rumi states,

“The wound is the place where the light enters”.

We need to continue each year to crack the shell of our humanity in order to see the light of our Creator and realize there is more than life here on Earth. Earth is just part of the journey.


How do we go through this preparation?

Our journey of growth happens through reflection. By spending time quieting our mind we can hear the voice of our soul and understand the journey we’re on and where we need to go next.

So my challenge for you this month is to take 10 minutes of your day to sit in quiet, turn off your cell phone, iPad, TV, music, friends, and family. These 10 minutes are for you. Sit comfortably and close your eyes, relax your body, and black out your thoughts and ideas, allow your mind to rest in the darkness. No thinking, list making, or idea forming allowed. Just sit in the darkness and emptiness.

There are some wonderful physical side effects of giving yourself these 10 minutes a day. These 10 minutes will reduce the stress of your day and lower your blood pressure, glucose levels, and the cortisol that builds belly fat, and reduce any other stress related physical symptoms.


These 10 minutes can be the best gift you can give yourself – so start today – You’re worth it!


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Kate Theriot is a group facilitator, consultant, and spiritual director

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