Self-Care Sunday…Sunrise to Sunset

 

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I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.

John Burroughs

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

When is the last time you saw a sunrise or a sunset?  I mean really stopped and gazed and the sky in wonder and amazement.  I have had a lousy week.  The kind where you feel like a total failure….like you are doing absolutely nothing right.  Parenting-fail.  Friends-fail.  Work-fail.  Creativity-fail.  You get the picture.  And then it snowballs into more negative feelings….which makes you feel like more of a failure.  It was a vicious cycle.  And guess what went out the window during all these negative feelings?  Self-Care.  Any form of self-care.  And I knew better.   But I didn’t listen to my body, and my mental, emotional and spiritual well-being took a hit.  And I’m not going to lie, it was hard to stop the cycle.  Really,  Hard.  But I spent some time outdoors yesterday and today.  Just walking and taking pictures.  Just sitting still and breathing.  I stuck my journal in my backpack and did a lot of sitting and writing.  I saw a beautiful sunrise and an amazing sunset.  I didn’t want to get up and see it.  I wanted to lay there and be miserable.  But I put one foot in front of the other and got up, and it ministered to my soul in a way that I can’t even put into words.  A feeling of hope, of renewal, of peace, washed over me and my focus turned from inward to upward.

From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised.

Psalm 113:3

The time I spent in nature yesterday was healing to my weary heart and soul.  Did it take away my problems?  No, it didn’t.  Did it make my physical pain go away?  No, not at all.  So what changed?  I was given a new perspective, a different view of my world.  And I realized something in the process.  I don’t always have an entire day to devote to doing this, but I can take time and pause and look up at God’s handiwork, and breathe in fresh air, and change my perspective for a moment.  And at that moment things can change, and I can be renewed, and my strength can be restored.  Every.  Single.  Time.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23

 

 

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