What does it mean to be nourished? I hear and read about this everywhere now-a-days. All the blogs these days are talking about self-care, what that entails, how to establish a self-care routine, why you should start, I mean everything.
I've been thinking about this a lot. This entire year so far, I've been playing around with this concept--how it relates to me, what that looks like in balance with the relationships in my life, what does "me-time" mean, how much time is too much time to spend alone. How does this tie in with my physical, mental, and spiritual health? I mean, literally the entire gamut.
I recognize that what that means varies from person to person (another thing that I struggle with...I'll explain in a few). Naturally, I turned to Ayurveda, as I've found that it has a solution for everything in life (ahem...ayurveda is the "science of life"). I reflected back to my studies and my notes, and the concept of being whole came up time and time again in my meditations. So naturally, the question that arises is what makes me whole? Nourishment is very important in Ayurveda, so for me, I equate self-care with nourishment. What nourishes me and that will make me whole?
When I think of nourishment in an Ayurvedic sense, I come to one of the tissue layers--rasa. Rasa is the very first tissue that is to be filled. If rasa isn't nourished, then all of your other tissue layers will suffer. When I think of the qualities of a nourished rasa, I think of juicy, hydrated, unctuous, full, plump--I think you get the picture.
This is the process I went through to figure out what will truly nourish me. I want you guys to realize that it's more than just spending a day at the spa, or lighting a candle in your room and reading a book (which both of these things can be a part of it!!).
Remember, if rasa isn't nourished, the other physical aspects won't be nourished. So the first point to remember is, what is needed in my life so that all aspects of my life will be nourished?
Questions I asked myself to define my own self-care practice:
So, lessons. Self-care is important. If you're nourished, then the rest of your life can be nourished. To be your best self and operate from that level IS possible, it just takes a little effort.
I hope this is helpful for you as we weave through the latest fad of self-care. Just think of it as figuring out what makes you whole-er than you already are!