This weekend, I made a sweet arrangement from the pink Dreamweaver climbing rose and added some lavender blooms and lantana for scent and color, placing it in a pretty cobalt blue cut glass vase. Such a simple thing, yet it brought me joy each time I looked at it or caught the scent. It brought me joy in walking around the garden selecting and cutting the flowers and herbs, and it is bringing me pleasure all over again sharing it with you!
This is one example of taking extreme care of yourself, to use the term made near famous now by noted author, speaker and life coach, Cheryl Richardson. Extreme self care is a concept we should all be embracing since it adds so much quality and depth to our lives. Contrary to what we may have been taught, taking good care of ourselves is not an act of selfishness at all, but a way to renew our senses and nourish our soul and body, so that we have more to give to others. After all, the gift that matters most is our love, time, attention and care. We need to reframe our thinking to allow ourselves permission to care, not only for others, which so many of us do every day, but for ourselves. So, today, I challenge you to take one baby step toward extreme self care -- it can be buying a plant for your house, garden or desk, or a special food treat (healthy, of course), a walk on the beach or in a beautiful natural setting, or making space in your busy calendar for a massage or spa day, or getting together with good friends -- whatever feeds your soul and brings happiness into your being. What makes you feel nurtured? Share your favorites.