It’s 3:02 PM Sunday afternoon and I am sitting on the couch with my feet propped up, binge-watching the new, old “Will & Grace” series. Some might consider this to be “Me-Time”; but no, I consider it to be my, “Oh my God, I can’t get off the couch today” time. It rarely happens like this, in fact, I can’t remember the last time I sat on the couch all day. The fact is, I literally cannnot-get-myself-up. Although I am enjoying this time, I wouldn’t consider it to be something I would choose for myself as “me time”. No, this occurrence is because we just finished a huge catering job last night and I am justifiably pooped (and happy because it turned out beautifully!)
I’m remembering a time my mother told me that when things are too hectic or seemingly not working the way I want them to, I should work on myself in order to feel better. I think that advice transcends time, circumstance and situation.
For the past many months I’ve been running around working four or more jobs at once. Though I love what I do; it can get tiring to the point that I don’t eat right, sleep right or have energy to do much else. In my personal blog, I’ve spoken about “balance” quite a bit because it’s so true that it’s a necessary requirement in life.. We get so caught up in completing the tasks of each day that we forget to stop and feed the spirit. When our spirits get low on energy, everything else suffers. If we allow it to go on for too very long, the certain result is a long stint on the couch or in bed under the covers. Remaining unbalanced can lead to depression, anxiety, weight gain, weight loss and it can even lower your immunity and cause disease.
What are some of the things that feed your spirit? For me, it’s taking some time each day to be productive with things that are meaningful only to me. Two days ago I plopped myself on the floor with a bottle of water, some good music and an over-filled cabinet full of junk, left untouched for about five years. Today I’m happy to say, it’s a well-organized machine of storage! Along the way I found all kindsof old treasures (including two framed photos I’ve been searching for high and low), and I threw out tons of old junk. This weekend I’ll tackle another potential treasure trove: our closet! When my corners are free of clutter, so is my heart and soul.
I say it all the time, but it bears repeating until every single person digests it and puts it into practice; feeding the spirit is the most important task a person can complete on a daily basis, (next to prayer, which is also food for the spirit.)
What’s “feeding the spirit”? Food for the spirit is anything that makes one feel better from the inside-out. You are the author of what this means to you. Tomorrow is Monday. What are you going to do this week to treat your soul?
Here is but one suggestion from my favorite old Angel Wisdom book:
ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE
An Angel Reminder: How many negative thinkers have you been inspired by lately?
It is important to understand why eliminating negative thoughts is vital to our health and well-being. Negative thoughts depress our immune systems, make us tired, and influence those around us in a negative way. Thinking negatively about a situation will send you searching for negative outcomes. You will then waste your time preparing to cope with a possible negative situation instead of pursuing positive goals and living a creative life. Negative thoughts bore the angels, and you wouldn’t want to chance that. Once you realize the tedious nature of negative thinking, you can create a built-in warning system that will identify negative thoughts, allowing you the chance to choose a better way.
It is important to recognize when we have negative thoughts. use the following questions as a negative-thought checklist: Is the thought life-defeating? Does it encourage excess worry? Is the thought hard to get rid of? Does thinking it make you feel uncomfortable? Would the angels view the thought as a waste of energy? If you answered yes to the above questions, then chances are the thought is negative. Two more questions to think about: What does the thought inspire in others? Is this thought the way you really want things to turn out?
An Angelic Reflection: I will make it my goal to eliminate the negative and affirm the positive, loving aspects of the angels.
PS-What are some of the things you do to feed your spirit? I’d love to hear them in the comments below or even just a note that says you were here! (Please and thank you!)