February is a time that we in the United States think a lot about love.
Our celebration of St. Valentine gives us the opportunity to focus on our beloved (usually a partner, but often parents/children and/or friends – “will you be my Galentine?”)
The opportunity I had this month was of a different kind of love though – SELF LOVE.
I got sick at the end of January (yes, it was Covid).
I had to step back from all of my planned activities and focus simply on getting well. (I was lucky – the “sick” part passed quickly – but the exhaustion was extensive).
HAVING to take time for myself was a really excellent reminder.
I cannot effect positive change in the world if I am not creating a positive environment for myself.
I set up lots of space for napping, for going to bed early and sleeping late.
I noticed the thought, “Oh, I’m being so LAZY,” more than once.
Except I wasn’t. It was not lazy to allow my body to heal itself. It was not only EXACTLY what I needed, but the ONLY thing that was going to work. (I *tried* working on other things… I fell asleep).
Next month, I’m going to practice self-love by taking myself to the beach. It’s good to remember that I don’t have to be sick to have good-health days.
What are you going to do for LOVE this month?