Noticing and Nourishing the Inner You

by Debra Mae White on April 7, 2016

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“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” – Henry David Thoreau

A favorite fantasy of mine during times of duress was to escape in my mind to a life of obscurity. Whenever my plate got too full with commitments that overwhelmed my capabilities, a part of me would make its way to a place where life would be simple and uncomplicated. In my minds eye, I would begin driving into the sunset and settling in a small town where no-one would know my name. My yearning to draw myself within would take the form of imagining making my living at a job performing menial tasks, allowing me to build a protective wall around my psyche. A time and place with no past and no future, just the chance to be a no-one in a solitary space.

In time I learned to recognize this scenario as a call. I learned to listen to life telling me when it was time to take a break, to treat myself with the same compassion I was giving to those around me. In other words, pay attention to me and rest. Once I allowed myself to indulge in a nap, take a walk in nature or fill up an afternoon with a good book, I would realize there was no need to escape my life, only to pay attention to my inner needs and adjust my priorities.

Make a pact with yourself to receive your own kindness and notice what comes next.

Where do you go to escape?

Savor the moment…

Debra Mae

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanee April 8, 2016 at 1:40 am

Love this Debra Mae, the way you give voice to that desire to escape our lives, and what can happen if we really listen to what it is saying. I will have to work up to spending a whole afternoon with a good book – that sounds like my kind of bliss..and so almost impossible! Keep writing, you are my inspiration đŸ™‚


Debra Mae April 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

I so appreciate you sharing this sentiment Shanee. When you do get to curl up with that good book, you might enjoy “A Sabbath Life” written by the author I quoted at the beginning of this post.


Amy April 10, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I love the intention behind this – resting when we notice the inner turmoil – BEFORE we get sick and our bodies force us to rest. Thank you for the reminder.


Debra Mae April 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Glad to hear this resonates with you Amy!


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