Each and every day we have to make decisions about what has value, about what has worth in our lives. Do we purchase the organic strawberries for our kids? Did we invest in a higher education for ourselves, and is it the choice the same today as it was 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago? When we have a family, we tend to look for a car with the highest safety ratings – especially once those little ones become old enough to start driving around themselves. We pay for health insurance, car insurance, home insurance; we pay for subscription service to Netflix and Hulu to watch our favorite shows; you are no doubt reading this on a paid internet provider. We value all kinds of experiences for our children: music, athletics, art, science – to ensure they are exposed to many kinds of ideas and passions. And for so many of us, it is worth it to pay for a membership to a yoga or fitness facility to ensure that we take care of our bodies on a regular basis, so we can live long, healthy lives
Why, then, are we so hesitant to invest in a weekend for ourselves?
There’s an ethic in American society that can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims. Because their very existence depended on a community effort, there was no time for self-care. That kind of thinking was seen as lazy and self-indulgent. But it has been nearly 400 years since William Bradford and his crew arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and we know better now. According to scientists, “Scholars in fields including wilderness therapy and environmental psychology have shown that time outdoors benefits our lives in many ways. It has a therapeutic effect, relieves stress, and restores attention. Alone time in nature can have a calming effect on the mind because it occurs in beautiful, natural, and inspirational settings” (Daniel, Bobilya, and Kalisch).
In our warp-speed society, we can no longer think of taking time for ourselves as frivolous, pampering, or luxurious. This isn’t about buying an expensive handbag or pair of shoes to “treat yo’self.” (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) This is necessary, in many ways, for our very survival. It is our oxygen mask in a world full of soundbites and gigabytes and text messages and social media.
It is a return to nature. It is a return to ourselves.
This is about taking the time to breathe. To listen. To learn. To be still. To sit with yourself. To let whatever is rumbling at the bottom of your soul bubble up to the surface so that you can hear it amid the noise and haste. You can come for a day, or two, or the weekend, but stop for a minute and think about what YOU are worth. Know your value. And invest in YOURSELF. Come to Barefoot and Free August 17-19, 2018. Check out barefootandfreeyoga.com.
Warp-speed woman: By Conn1e Maheswaran
Invest in Yourself: https://tinybuddha.com/fun-and-inspiring/invest-in-yourself-you-are-worthy/