The nurturance we need, the nourishment we most benefit from, will differ for each one of us. And for each of us, what best nurtures us may change over time. When we are unfamiliar with what will actually nurture us, we may find ourselves grasping for lousy substitutes.
Perhaps we need 10 minutes of lying on the floor, releasing tensions accumulated from the day (both muscular and mental), and instead we watch the news or consult our to-do list. Perhaps we need 5 minutes of moving and breathing, interrupting the computer posture we’ve been solidifying for several hours. Instead, deciding we’re too busy, we slam a cup of coffee, hunch ever closer to the screen, and power on.
Perhaps we need to spend a little time each day connecting with nature, taking in the sights, sounds and fresh air that can only be found on a trail or at the water's edge. Perhaps we need some good solid playtime out in the yard with our children or our pets.
Perhaps we need movement or touch which has no “goal” or anticipated outcome, an experiential time of being in our skin. Instead, we move and touch in ways so rote and familiar we needn’t bring our attention along at all, missing out on the freedom and adventure we truly crave.
How do you know when you need nurturing?
What signals does your body give you? Your mind?
How do you meet your need for nurturance?
Do you shove it away, call it weakness, insist there is not time?
Do you worry about it, welcome it, bring your curiosity to it?
Are you grateful for the information?
Do you listen and respond, doing what you can with what you’ve got from where you are?
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.