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The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~Stephen King

Beginning MAKES the Conditions Perfect!

Creating sacred or spiritual time to care for your soul takes effort.  Each and every day is a gift, yet how often do I take the time to treasure the beauty of that gift.  I yearn for the time yet I rarely take the time I need.  How can I take the time I need without neglecting my children, my work, my many to do lists, etc?

When I refrain from doing things for my soul, I find myself unbalanced in nearly every way.  I become overly focused and frustrated by small things.  I smile less.  I am a little more klutzy than usual because I am not centered.  I also get angry and frustrated more easily than when I am taking care of my soul.

With this in mind, I have decided that I need to consciously do what I am calling Commandment 3.

Take Spiritual Time Each Day means that nourish my soul.  For me there are so many levels and it is time that I create the space to make this happen.  My teacher Rabbi Shefa Gold used to speak about taking time to develop a practice.  When I am truly taking time for myself that means that I do the at least two or three different practices a day.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • chanting
  • writing
  • davening/praying
  • drumming
  • yoga (if I can find the right teacher for me-hint?)
  • early morning walks
  • hiking
  • meditating
  • journaling (drawing and writing together)

The list goes on and on, but these are practices that keep me centered and nourish me at the deepest level.  When I take care of my soul, I am healthier in every way.

The question is how much time do I need to take each day.  In truth, I need significant time, but I have to get over the hump that soul time is neglecting other responsibilities.  I am not sure how to do that, but I will start with taking an hour of soul time each day.  My guess is that that will be broken up in three to four increments throughout the day.   While this commitment feels overwhelming, it also feels necessary for my survival.

May my soul soar as I take the sacred/spiritual time I need to care for it.

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