Today is Home and Hearth day for me. A day of not being beholden to anyone but myself. A day to Just Be! How glorious that sounds!
The last fourteen days have been full of work, work and more work 🙂 All work that I enjoy and have such a passion for, but it is time for my body to get some nurturing and my spirit to feel some support.
I’m getting ready to head to my comfy chair where I read, meditate and write. I might even do some writing that has been on my mind and heart lately…some dreams that are recurring that need a voice and some yearnings that I have that I want to make note of and come back to when I have more energy. But NOTHING too mentally strenuous.
The name of the game today is take care of myself!
When I get to the point that I need a day like this, often the kitchen calls me for SIMPLE tasks that can be so warming.
This morning I had a breakfast of a sausage skillet with some of my favorite vegetables. Easy, peasy dish to make. A quick cut up of the vegetables and the sausage, and I walk away to let it cook for about 15 minutes. But such yummy goodness!!
There’s chicken in the crockpot (what a great invention that was…makes delicious dishes so easy!). A minute in a half to put the chicken in, add some water and spices and leave sit for the next 8 hours. Tomorrow or Thursday I’ll make chicken salad for our lunches from it. But at least it’s done with no muss and no fuss!
Hot tea (and of course my morning coffee) were first on the list. I am brewing an herbal/green tea blend that will be topped off with coconut milk and cinnamon essential oil.
I am making vegetable broth – another REALLY easy task with a lot of health benefits that I wanted to share with you. When I bring home vegetables from market or the store, I don’t throw away the peels, the skins, the stems, the leaves or any of the normally discarded pieces. I put them in a gallon freezer bag until it’s full. On a day like today, I fill a big pot with filtered water and dump in the “wasted” pieces from the vegetables. I turn it on low and let it simmer for several hours. At that point, I strain out the broth that was made and use it as a base to make delicious soups.
Tonight it is going to be a creamy broccoli, cauliflower soup from “rice” I made from the cauliflower and broccoli stems. This is such an easy soup to make, but rich in nutrients and comforting goodness.
And then there are my essential oils. I have already put my roller bottles on my throat, feet and back. I will probably take a bath with them later in the day to help clear other people’s energy residue that I often collect when seeing patients and oil clients. But the real gift right now is my diffuser. I have a warm blend in of Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Douglas Fir that I often use in the fall, but I just needed that hug from their lovely aroma today. It just plain makes me feel good!
Rereading the list I realize it sounds like I’ve done so much – NO! NO! NO! All of this took me less time than it takes me to shower in the morning! And it’s all been relaxing and supportive.
It’s a time for me to share that it is GOOD for us to take time for ourselves…to rest, recuperate, rejuvenate. We do NOT have to take care of everyone else all the time. And it’s true that sometimes self-care means working on things that aren’t fun and that need attention so that we can get where we’d like to go. But there are days, like this, that the best thing we can do is to STOP and just be!
So now I’m going to refill my diffuser, pick up my pillow and warm wool shawl and head to my favorite chair to read something that will be a mental vacation where I might fall asleep in five minutes!
These days are GOLDEN, my friends. Please make time for them even when you think you don’t have the time! Revel in the things that make your heart sing! Take time to be with yourself and enjoy being the center of your loving care if even for a little bit!
With much love,