June's Retreat Gently Does It is all about taking a step back and adopting a more gently approach to life and getting things done.
What comes to mind when you think of living more gently?
Perhaps open skies, quiet, nature, maybe some yoga, meditation and general calm.
What probably doesn’t come to mind is a long commute, a crying baby, long sleepless nights, an argument and anxiety.
And which type of living would you prefer? Probably the first, right? But how possible does it feel?
I hear you.
So what if we could find some calm, a sense of balance or peace even in the latter scenario?
It's Mother's day and today is all about celebrating and showing appreciation for Mums everywhere. How we show appreciation varies immensely but what matters is that we tell our Mums that we love them.
As a Mum, I look forward to Mother's day a lot every year, not only because it's a day the children make a big effort to spoil me, but it's one of the few days in the year that I do nothing. Yep, nothing. I don't lift a finger at home, unless of course I'm spoiling my Mum! But usually I'm off duty which means no cooking, no cleaning, no washing up, and definitely no laundry and it's always a great day. By declaring myself off duty and sticking to it, I realised that it's another form of self care, not only through the lack of action but honoring the decision to take a break.
How often do we honour ourselves in ways that help us to recharge and nourish our minds bodies and spirits? Probably not enough. 98% of the ladies who attend Space Retreats say that they occasionally or never take time for themselves which is a scary number. It does make me feel a bit better though as I did wonder in the past if I was the only one who found Motherhood all consuming at the expense of ourselves.
Today's Mama Power - Selfcare is vital as a Mum and a woman and who better to share her experiences of motherhood and self care than Suzy Reading, author and Physchologist.
You're probably wondering where I'm coming from with this and may be wondering what the power of three is. Well it's my holy trinity of Mind, Body and Spirit that when working together and in balance make us unstoppable. But what needs to happen for this to take place?