Mindful Monday is here and I have a very timely reminder for all of us.
Fill your cup
Each one of us struggles with the following at various points in time:
Growing to-do lists to complete before the year is out.
Holidays coming up, which means celebrations, time with family and friends.
Winding up work to make guilt-free time.
And just when we think we’re there, something comes up.
At the end of it all, we feel spent, drained, stressed and not quite satisfied with what we’ve accomplished.
Can we find peace, we wonder.
Can we escape the noise, the mental chatter?
Can we get over the shouldaves and couldaves?
It isn’t comfortable to feel this way.
To get back to feeling rested, relaxed, renewed, it is time to fill your cup.
The thing is – we are all blessed with abundant energy. However, no matter how enthusiastic we feel, this energy drains out, reminding us to fill our cups.
When our cup is full, we feel good. Clear-headed. Connected with life.
When our cup is empty, we feel exhausted, irritable and disconnected.
If we keep going even when our cup is empty, our body isn’t going to enjoy it. It tries to tell us, but when we don’t listen, we end up forgetting things. We become short-tempered. We don’t sleep well. As a result, we lower your immunity and open ourself to sickness.
Don’t wait for that to happen.
Take time to fill your cup.
Do it now.
Make yourself a priority.
When you let yourself be pushed around, you’re telling others it is okay to do it too.
Put self-care at the top of your list.
Take care of you.
Be kind to you.
Make the commitment to fill your cup each day.
Interestingly, I had this post ready yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I received an email today, inviting me to join the “Operation Fill Your Cup” challenge – what a coincidence! Talk about Universe responding! This is a 21-day challenge in radical self care and is expected to take 10 minutes, perhaps less per day and starts on Dec. 9. Do join me if you like. I am looking forward to see how it goes.
Have a happy week! ♥
Excellent advice! And truly a karmic turn to be invited on the challenge.
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It’s important to take care of ourselves. My dad keeps telling me this every time I get overwhelmed by all of the world’s stress. It’s necessary to practise self-love because only then can we share love with others.
The challenge sounds interesting. I will be checking it out. God knows I need it.
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Very good advice Vidya. Since past year, that is what I am trying to do. sometimes being a bit selfish helps.
Thank you Vidya, extremely wise … yes, it is a stressful time of year as it draws to a close. We do better when we’re taking care of ourselves at the same time as being in the hurly burly of festivities. Extend the cup of kindness to others, but also to ourselves thank you again!
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Slowing down is very hard to do, especially when we’re overwhelmed with an overdose of things to do… but so necessary. Without energy nothing’s possible! Thank you so much for commenting Susan! I love the phrase “extend the cup of kindness to others” Hugs!
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A great way to think especially at this time of year. I took the week off because I knew I had to so I would not feel the pressure and burn out. My body can’t do what I used to so I have to do my best to suck it up. It is a learning experience. Right now, aside from looking at my blog, I am decorating and have Christmas music on. I spoke to my Aunt who lives in Northern Italy and I feel my cup runneth over:) I will be getting my Christmas houses done today along with my Nativity. I have put up all my garlands,my Advent Wreath (I made it), My Santas and other Christmas stuff. A friend of mine told me I could be in a Christmas home look over:)
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Oh! nice way to lay it out to energize by oneself, just finding out time for themselves, before draining out of energy, to fill it in top most priority, to move forward sharing the moments all through the journey of life.
Really, major part of liveliness drains out with unwanted thoughts stored in mind, struggling to express in words or actions. It creates storms and waves of thoughts and our energy gets washed out, feeling tiredness of both mind and body. Empty the mind and fill it up smoothly with positive thoughts of kindness for oneself and towards all living beings, before the sleep tame us and forces us to close our eyelids, and disappears we to unknown world sensually and physically.
Filling my cup is something I have started doing. This challenge looks very interesting but it has time to start. Very encouraging and energising post.
The essence is self-care, Balaka.
Wrote this post in December 2015. 🙂 Challenge is long over.
But I am putting together a post on self-care which I’ll publish soon!
Thank you for coming by!
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