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Warmth and comfort between me and others. I can text people I love and tell them that I am grateful for them. And I can reach out, asking for a hug, for a listener, for somebody to be there in the moments I need support.
How do I prepare to be emotionally and spiritually ‘fed’? Taking care of my body and it’s needs. Eating well, sleeping well and definitely stretching and getting enough exercise.
I’ve noticed how well and alert and rested I feel after swimming in the local outdoor pool for 45 minutes in the last few days.
And of course nature! Delighting in my lush garden , loving the crisp, warm, non-humid weather we’re having.
Someone posted about the importance of connection. That resonates with me : connection with the beauty around me feeds me spiritually and emotionally. And so do real connection with people.
I loved my time visiting with dear friends in Pennsylvania last weekend. Every evening I went to bed feeling happy, nurtured and deeply met in my soul. We talked late into the night, laughed together and ate together. What could be better!
Spending time connecting with my children, family and friends. Listening to live music, walks in nature, going to my church Mass. Living near the ocean and sailing. On Sunday I am going to Mystic CT for an overnight and look forward to a new nature walk there.
I am a pastor of a progressive church and what feeds me is reading scripture with an open and investigative mind, reading the sacred texts of other religious traditions and wisdom teachers, reading the mystics, meditation, exercise regularly, spending time in nature and growing in my relationship with my wife of 40 years! This website and the book Wake Up Grateful has been so helpful in my spiritual and emotional growth. Loved reading all the responses to today’s question. I am new to the site.
Welcome. This is a wonderful site with uplifting energy.
Welcome…I love this site and have been visiting it for several years.
Welcome, Revmory! So glad you’re here!
Welcome to this site!
I often am in awe of the authors of those ancient texts and trying to see through their eyes is so inspiring. Welcome to the forum.
Meditation, prayer, singing, hanging out on this web site and these forums (which I try to start each day with).
How to make time. As they say, “Just do it.” I wish that there were some way that I could effectively communicate from the vintage of old age how much of what you are fretting about really matters in the long run.
Rest, mindfulness, letting go, learning new things.
My days are pretty busy lately so I have to remember to prioritize time for me. I should be aware of the desire to put it off or postpone it, if there’s an opportunity I’ll try to be proactive about it.
What feeds me emotionally & spiritually?
Many things do. Meditating, prayer time, my yoga practice, walking amongst the Redwoods, spending time outside, gardening.
And lately I have gotten back into actually reading books; not just reading on the internet, but real books. It feels so good to hold a book & get carried away by its contents. This has been good for my soul.
Spending time in silence.
Before bedtime, create the first hour of waking in an organized fashion so that I may have “me” time necessary to be the best version of myself the rest of the day.
Connection is the thing that seems to
fill me up. I didn’t realize how important
it was for me, until I didn’t have it around
me every day. Now, I am the driver of
my connectivity. I seek it out and nurture
Thank you all for being part of this. 🙏
Yes, connect moon at every level is key for me as well.
I understand & get it Charlie T. Thanks for your reflection.
Meditation–I need to make more time for it.
My Physical Therapy exercises–I need to be more faithful in doing them
Music–I need to listen to more music
Politically charged news–I need to refrain from watching too much of it
Art….I need to make much more time for it.
Alone time. Has been several rewarding days reconnecting with family & friends. Now is my time to go within & allow my body, mind & spirit what they need.
My family. Spending time outdoors, generally at the beach. Music. Books. I do make time for these as much as possible.
Music, walks, my kids and meditation all feed and sustain me. Sometimes, though, just to be is a blessing.
Meditation, yoga, and surfing. I do meditate every morning, but haven’t done much of the other two. Need to find a way to squeeze yoga back into my life. I do practice occasionally, but not daily like I did. I miss it.
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