Offering Luminaries A Place to Cultivate
Enjoy A Little Peace & Ease
While on Your Journey to Become
Who You are Meant to Be....
I arrived yesterday at my hotel to prepare for a two day conference. I slept in this morning after a restless night. Enjoyed some gentle yoga and settled into a divine meditation. One thing I noticed was the silence of expectation.
Settling in to this timeless morning, I reached for my fruit and coconut cashews and read inspiring emails while I enjoyed an amazing mango. Pulled on my comfy shirt, and just as I was ready to go I was transported back into real time.
Now running late- I slipped on my shoes, reached for my room key, as I threw items into my day bag. Ugg, look at that rain that just moments ago seemed sweet and gentle. In just a short instant I was back in my very familiar rush mode— I had 20 minutes until the first speaker.
Debating with myself as I locked my room- should I get a cab? The moderator in my head must have not woken up yet, because both sides of this argument were equally loud. The morning transitioned into the rushed and worried feeling and it felt overwhelming as I stepped out onto the sidewalk. Discovering that a cab was just feet away from where I stood, I was still debating.
I walked over and reached for the door handle and took a deep breath. Fighting the guilt, I asked him to take me to the convention center anyway. He looked frustrated, but opened the door. I jumped in and felt compelled to share that I preferred to not get wet. We drove in silence, and I felt ashamed for some reason—
I arrived in less than five minutes, walked through the crosswalk, into the front doors and up the escalator. I located the great hall entrance, and just as I walked to the entrance they let everyone enter to find their seat. I had the entire hall to choose from, even though I had not arrive early to stand in line. I found my perfect seat.
I felt like this was a confirmation that listening to and honoring my morning needs, and choosing to nurture myself brought more gifts. This compared to trudging through the rain, being wet and cold most of the day, feeling rushed and stress- all because the guilt side of my brain won the argument.
The added bonus was that the seat remained empty next to me for the next three hours in a room of over 5,000 people. It was as if something very large was already sitting there, saying nope not this seat, its taken— we are honoring our comfort today.
Perhaps short cab rides are good of the soul. Today I honored what I needed. I did not put guilt or the needs of my team before my own.
I did walk back in the rain, somehow it felt like a gift too.
How do you honor your needs-- would love to hear your thought in the comment section.
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