“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” Deborah Day’s statement when you really look at it screams volumes. There are many different ways to nourish yourself. Food, energy work, selfcare, education, sex, exercise, art, creativity…
nour·ish (nûr′ĭsh) tr.v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.
2. To foster the development of; promote: “Athens was an imperial city, nourished by the tribute of subjects” (V. Gordon Childe).
3. To keep alive; maintain: nourish a hope.
Wow… have you ever really explored the definition of nourish? I can’t say that I have ever really thought about it. We live in a world where we have so much at our fingertips, and are bombarded by demands of an ever changing world of our own creation. Do we really allow for nourishment? Today, as I meditate on the word nourish, nourishment, nourishing, nourisher, I am coming to the realization that so often I do not take the time that I really need to allow myself to be nourished. Let that one sink in for a minute.
For me, nourishing myself is taking the time when I eat, rather than being in a hurry, and just shoving food down my gullet. Allowing whatever it is that I put into my body to really be viewed as something to help fuel me, to keep me healthy, to feed my cells and my soul. Making healthy food choices.
It’s not just about what I put in, but also what I keep out that matters. Nourishing is learning to say no. YIKES! No, a simple, two letter word should be easy to say, but for many of us, it is one of the most difficult things to speak. I have to remind myself that by saying no, can allow me to foster the development of myself. I need to say no to make time for me!
Nourishing myself by being mindful of what I allow to influence me. Media, social media, is always throwing stuff into my head. I choose to not watch things that I know in my heart of hearts is not good for my soul. I do not have to click play on every news article, or video that I come across in a day. I can skip over it and choose to read what brings joy to my heart.
These are just a few thoughts I had this morning as I meditated, taking time for myself, nourishing myself. What have you done for yourself today to nourish yourself and your soul?
Have you thought about yourself as being able to blossom in the direction YOU want to go?
Have you thought about allowing yourself to be nourished by the things around you?
Do you believe you are worth the effort?
I believe you are.
~Nikki Scheidecker LMT, RM, CHC