Are You Caught up in the Doing-ness of Life?

A house with yellow flowers in front of it.

A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with a life shortening disease. This has really been a wake-up call for me.

More and more, it seems I see postings on Facebook of unexpected deaths of family members and loved ones. My personal belief system is that we sign up for our time on this earth plane and that the other side is a place of bliss beyond anything imaginable. Nevertheless, I am struck with how short our life on this planet really is.

In view of this, I have made a commitment to myself to do something FUN each week.

Last week – on the spur of the moment – Jade and I went to see Phantom of the Opera. Kerry, my roommate, and I went to see the movie, The Post on Saturday. On Sunday, I went to a drag show brunch with a group of friends.

Yesterday, I took my friend, Nancy Delia, to see her acupuncturist, Predip, in Gastonia. What a beautiful, light being he is.

We then went out to lunch at Lang Van, my favorite restaurant. And we visited Mama Bessie’s for the first time.

Tonight, I’m going to a sleepover and movie watching night at Jade’s.

Reflecting back on my life, I realize how much I have gotten caught up in the doing-ness of life. And I realize how little time I spend doing something fun or for myself.

Because I love what I do and the team of people I work with, working here at the Grove doesn’t feel like work. And yet, it is. My commitment to getting off of the land and having fun experiences is my way of taking care of myself to a level that I have not done before.

I joined Groupon again to look for discounted adventures to participate in, and I have joined more Meetup groups.

Taking care of myself doesn’t have to involve spending money. We had an impromptu dinner here with several special guests the other night. It was uplifting and fed my soul. Good conversation with friends is one of my favorite things to do.

My message this month is for you to commit to doing something FUN. If at all possible, do something out of your box.

We are hosting our first Silent Meditation Yoga Retreat April 6-8. Being in silence is a great way to go within and rediscover your inner pathways to joy and peace. If this is something you have been curious about or have been wanting to do, please join us. Click here for details.

Written by Ellen Whiteside

A flyer for a yoga retreat in the middle of spring.

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  • February 1, 2018