The day I spent at Healing Journeys’ workshop with Julie Interrante, Love me Tender, was a gift. I have learned over and over again how valuable it is to take some time out of my busy life to look within. Time just for myself. I want to share with you a few of the lessons I learned again.
The wisdom of my soul is what I came to the planet for. I didn’t come to please others, or to follow anyone else’s agenda. Learning to listen to, and trust, my deep soul wisdom and my intuition, may be the most valuable and important way I can spend my time. That means quiet time with myself on a regular basis. That needs to take priority over taking care of others.
In the workshop, we said “I take full responsibility for my life today — my needs, desires, feelings, thoughts. Thereby I contribute to the safety of the group, family, and planet.” It makes sense to me. If I try to take care of you at my own expense, I will build up resentment, and I won’t do a good job of taking care of either one of us.
In the workshop we took a nap after lunch. After the nap, we asked ourselves how we felt and what we needed. I felt relaxed, optimistic, hopeful, excited, full, and happy. I knew I needed to slow down, have more quiet and relaxation time in my life. So often, when I’m working, I feel tired and tell myself I just need to push through and keep working. I seldom give myself permission to take a nap. But a 15 minute nap made a big difference in how I felt. I hope I will remember this experience next time I face that choice.
Another quote from Julie at the workshop is “When I am resting, God is working.” Julie gave an example of a time she thought she should be working on her marketing plan, but felt tired. She surrendered, took a nap, and when she woke up there was a voice mail with exactly the help she needed to create the marketing plan. My guess is that we all have stories like that, but still sometimes think that actively working is more valuable than resting.
We talked about how a cancer diagnosis creates an urgency to be who we came here to be, and how we need to tap into the wisdom of our souls to know what that is. There are many ways to engage the wisdom of my soul, and I appreciate the guidance I received in Julie’s workshop to keep that alive in me.
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In the Spirit of Healing,
Jan Adrian, MSW
Founder and Executive Director