Thursday, November 5, 2009

Demand Self-Care

Demand Self-Care
Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh
Demanding too much of ourselves in time and effort will cause imbalances in our energies creating misalignment. But it also depends on what we are demanding from ourselves. In a world filled with information bombarding us from all angles, the responsibilities of so many things such as aging parents, a change in career, updating our skills, gaining more knowledge, and changing our limiting belief systems daily, we can begin to burn the candle at both ends, becoming physically tired and creating discord. It is much too challenging to have a cheerful outlook and remain positive, upbeat and uplifting towards others when we're exhausted.

I tend to do this a lot, sometimes catching myself in the nick of time and sometimes a little too late. It is really easy falling into old patterns of habit, and when most of the people around you are doing the same thing, I question whether or not I should be taking that day to completely pamper myself. Actually, forget about a full day, how about a couple of hours. This is something that is challenging to change.

This belief was instilled a long time ago. My parents were brought up with parents that had seen the devastation, desolation and starvation of both World Wars and The Great Depression as well as the waste of human lives. I could only imagine what it was like during those times. Money, food, and time was scarce. All of the days thoughts were focused on how to put food on the table for the family. And, the rest of the days were working for bare minimum or finding something to trade for rations. These were my grandparents. Always working hard, no time for themselves, hoarding materials needed for later and stocking shelves and cellars with food, just in case!

My parents took on these habits, in a very natural way, and gave them to myself as well as my siblings. And I am very sure I gave some of them to my children too. Amazing how patterns of habits created from beliefs we acquired are passed on from generation to generation.

It's time to stop repeating the same old pattern. I can see parts of the world creating the same pattern of war and devastation, and then I can see parts of the world at a higher state of consciousness creating peace. So to anyone that is really listening, let's take care of ourselves first. Take time with nature, write in your journal, explore who you really are, question everything, and above all have faith and the power of your thoughts to create the beautiful change. Self-care is something we should be demanding from ourselves first!

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

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