“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, and philosopher

This is a holy time of year for many religious traditions and a time for reflection and nourishing your soul as well. When was the last time you did something for yourself? Growing up, were you encouraged to be who you are at your core – LOVE? Were you able to explore how to express your creative nature in the world? How often were choices of education, profession, and relationships made to please someone? Have you always put others first, sometimes to the detriment of your health? It took me many years to accept and be who I am and live a life filled with love, gratitude and wanting to help others instead of focusing on the next achievement and professional success.

As I live and make choices more consciously I’ve learned to prioritize what’s important to me; create more intimate relationships; ask others for help; be present; and admit there are times I need to chill and restore my energies without feeling guilty! How about you? The Buddha, Religious leader and teacher has said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Nurturing and taking care of YOU is important and not selfish! Many of you are the glue that keeps your families together and if your well, so to speak, is depleted then you are unable to help others. You are unable to be present. 

If you are celebrating this holy time of year or entertaining this week I encourage you to make yourself a priority! Before you feel depleted and exhausted – rest; read a book for fun; take a walk and immerse yourself in beauty; or take a nap! Fill up your well so that it overflows with energy, love, and excitement. Feel your soul sigh with gratitude and relief! Notice if you feel physically, emotionally, spiritually, and emotionally strong as you restore yourself! Take care of yourself like you would take care of someone you love! The Dalai Lama, Spiritual leader, reminds us that, “. . . If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” Restore yourself and be the best YOU that you can be! Enjoy the celebration and gathering rather than dread it and go through the motions because you feel obligated. 

May you find the best way to care for and nourish yourself! Enjoy this week and know how loved you are. I’m sending lots of love to each one of you!

I am available, for private intuitive coaching sessions at Storm Wisdom on Tuesdays from 1p – 6p by appointment or if you would like to connect with me or schedule a channeled private session on Tuesdays and explore becoming more of who you are, please call Storm Wisdom (602)334-1204. I am also available by phone or Zoom on other days. To schedule go to victoriabarna.com.