5 Essential Ways to Replenish Your Spirit
There are times in our lives when our plates are full and we are overwhelmed. There may be many contributing factors or it may be a single event. Add to this that our culture doesnâ€™t sanction taking time away from work to collect ourselves inevitably adds strain to our composure and well-being.
A symptom of finding ourselves in a place of overwhelm or in an uninspired state is that we begin to disconnect from our core self. We start to lose touch with our essence.
You may continue to do the things that are required of you, dutifully going to work and handling the responsibilities of your life but youâ€™re not fully engaged. Youâ€™re tired. If youâ€™re being honest, you actually feel exhausted but you have to keep going and keep doing. Thereâ€™s too much to keep up with and falling behind will feel worse. So you push yourself, because what else can you do?
The pushing and pulling of your energy does add up. Actually, itâ€™s subtracting. Your energy, your beautiful life force, is depleting. You havenâ€™t been able to fully recover yourself. In fact, you might be wondering how. How to replenish your energy?
Hey courageous one, I get it. Before you read on, and youâ€™ll definitely want to, itâ€™s important to let go of any judgments you have of yourself over this. Courageous ones live fully. That means youâ€™re riding the many highs and lows that life has to offer. There can be a lot to ride, no doubt. Acknowledge yourself for this. I acknowledge it. Thatâ€™s why I call you courageous ones!
Here are 5 basic and essential ways to replenish your spirit and get your vitality back. ⬇️
Just for this moment, choose to let go of any judgments you may have of forgetting who you are and what youâ€™re made of. Instead, begin with self compassion to restore your life force energy. So letâ€™s begin!
1. Self Compassion
Thereâ€™s a lot of talk about self compassion in the spiritual wellness arena. This is great but I do wonder if we know what compassion is. To keep it simple, when you have self compassion you notice your own suffering and youâ€™re moved by that suffering specifically through your heart center. You feel a warmth, a caring and a desire to help.
You can create a healing environment within by showing kindness and being gentle toward yourself. The act of self compassion is a sacred space that can hold what youâ€™re experiencing, how youâ€™re feeling and how youâ€™re responding. It gives these emotions, feelings and thoughts somewhere to be instead of being pushed down or ignored.
How might you show yourself warmth and kindness?
One very simple way is by being intentional about having self compassion. In other words, be deliberate about it. For example, when youâ€™re feeling tired acknowledge it.
By acknowledging how you feel, youâ€™re saying, â€œoh, hello tired feeling, itâ€™s youâ€ instead of wishing you didnâ€™t feel that way, not giving two fâ€™s about it and carrying on anyway. This response can actually cause more energy depletion because itâ€™s in contradiction to what is. The feelings that come up for us, in our hearts, minds and bodies are trying to communicate insight to us.
Have self compassion, listen and let be what is.
So go ahead and try on some self compassion. Not only do you deserve to treat yourself that way but you also deserve to fill yourself up again with what feels good!
2.Take care of yourself
In this instance, taking care of yourself has to do with feeding your spirit and soul. Itâ€™s about lighting yourself up and lightening up!
When youâ€™re disconnected to your core self, youâ€™re also disconnected from your spirit and soul. There may be sadness about this as it may feel like something is missing or like something has been lost.
To restore ourselves we need to restore connection to divinity. This includes connecting authentically to one another, but also to something deep within ourselves and to something bigger than ourselves, too.
This divine connection is life giving. So taking care of yourself is about you maintaining this connection and allowing this care to feed the parts of you that need nourishment. Itâ€™s about allowing yourself to receive and about optimizing harmony within yourself.
Think about it. If your spirit is depleted, whoâ€™s in the driver seat?
Oh dear. Itâ€™s your ego.
The thing with the ego is that it tends to overdrive. Because ego is focused on our survival it takes over, shutting out the whispers of spirit and the callings of soul.
How can you lovingly counter the ego?
The answer is: Take care of yourself, courageous one. Feed the parts of you that need nourishment. Take a moment now to breathe into this question â€”
What feeds your spirit?
Close your eyes, take a slow deep breath and on a piece of paper jot down the first thing that comes to mind when you think about what makes you feel lighter and brighter. If nothing comes clearly to you, itâ€™s okay, simply imagine what would feed your spirit.
Thereâ€™s no need to feel bad if you donâ€™t exactly know what feeds your spirit.
To be honest, itâ€™s simple â€¦ Itâ€™s what makes you feel good.
So maybe itâ€™s something like baking cookies or having a walk on the beach. Maybe itâ€™s doing some art or calling a good friend. Whatever simple thing it is that makes you feel good, youâ€™re taking care of yourself because itâ€™s nourishing to your soul. Itâ€™s grounding and brings â€œhomeâ€ to you. And your overactive ego can have a chance to relax, too.
❤️🔥 Are you ready for a little challenge? Courageous One, I challenge you to exercise one way of taking care of yourself, within the next 3 days. Whatâ€™s one thing you will do that will light you up?
The next thing is to be conscious about it, doing it slowly, like an active meditation. This brings us to the third basic essential practice to replenish your spirit.
3. Go Slow
Replenish your spirit with intentional slowness. So much of the time, most of us are rushing around. Itâ€™s such a common mode of operating that you may not even notice it. Because daily life is packaged to fit into blocks of time, itâ€™s not a surprise if you feel like youâ€™re in a race against the clock.
Time pressure is a real thing and it fuels exhaustion. Sometimes the thought of doing your day makes you tired, before you even get out of bed. Feeling this way every day leads to overwhelm and zaps your vital life force energy.
â€œBut how do I stop time?â€
The answer is: you slow down. You do what you enjoy with intentional slowness, like a moving meditation. You move slowly on purpose and youâ€™re being intentional about spending the time you do have NOT in a rush.
If you really want to, you can even try this with things you donâ€™t enjoy, like doing laundry. Though starting with what you enjoy is easier because you actually want to have more time in that activity.
Spending quality time doing what you enjoy â€” like pulling your oracle cards, reading a book or even choosing what to watch on Netflix â€” in a slow way gives you a feeling that thereâ€™s more time than you think.
Going slow anchors us to stay present in the moment. Being present and fully engaged in the moment converts into a feeling of abundance, an abundance of time.
As going slowly supports you in being present, the added bonus here is that youâ€™re practicing the art of mindfulness which positively impacts your spiritual and overall well-being.
If youâ€™re not sure about this, try it for yourself. But my two asks are that you attempt it earnestly and that you keep an open heart and mind. One more thing â€” let me know how it goes!
4. Stay away from whatâ€™s not supportive
When youâ€™re working on replenishing your spirit, staying away from what is not supportive is very important. Being around supportive people and places will help you to stay â€œupâ€. If thatâ€™s not what youâ€™re feeling from the places and spaces you occupy, a break may be called for.
Being around unsupportive people long enough eventually wears on you. You grow weary because you arenâ€™t supported in your personal growth. It starts to feel like youâ€™re not sure whatâ€™s â€œyouâ€ and whatâ€™s them. This is especially true for empathic and codependent people.
❤️🔥Taking a designated break from unsupportive people and environments is an important and healthy boundary you will need to take if youâ€™re serious about replenishing your spirit, and re-establishing your connection with self.
You may not be able to get away for too long from unsupportive people and places, but the main thing is to limit exposure as much as possible. As youâ€™re committed to replenishing your spirit, be strategic if you need to be.
Replenishing our spirit requires us to be loving towards ourselves and that will often look like putting yourself first, when itâ€™s critical.
As you draw clear lines in the sand, youâ€™re affirming and asserting who you are. It can be scary and itâ€™s also an empowering process. Youâ€™re gaining vitality, exercising personal power â€” your unique life force energy that makes you who you are.
Staying away from whatâ€™s not supportive can look like: placing limits around your time, practicing the art of saying â€˜Noâ€™, or spend time on a fun new hobby or activity.
How will you stay away from whatâ€™s not supportive? Share in the comments below. You never know when it can help others!
When you find yourself asking â€œhow do I do that?â€ about replenishment, itâ€™s a pretty reliable sign that your rest is long overdue. Youâ€™ve been going and going, pushing away the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that sneak up because thereâ€™s not a solution for them in sight.
How can you rest when what youâ€™ve known is no longer working or what you thought was right isnâ€™t right anymore? Thatâ€™s more like a recipe for restlessness.
Itâ€™s hard to be at peace when a role you once agreed to play is not agreeing with you now. Itâ€™s exhaustingâ€¦and sometimes it can be challenging to recognize what the issue even is. You may feel a little lost or have a diminished sense of purpose, wondering â€œwhatâ€™s really wrong?â€
This is when our centers are ungrounded. Our vision is foggy. Stuffâ€™s unclear and uncertain. Weâ€™re weary. We cry.
Courageous one, this is the time for a good rest. This is not like a 30 minute nap. This kind of rest is more like a full cycle.
❤️🔥 The kind of rest Iâ€™m talking about has the power to lower your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and alleviate anxiety. This rest slows and quiets you down to a point where you can listen to your own inner knowledge and wisdom.
With enough rest, youâ€™re able to fill up, start to see the bigger picture again and even connect with your own big vision. Your perspective gets re-calibrated. You can think of this as a sacred resting period.
Like toddlers, thereâ€™s resistance to rest, but we especially need it during times of awakening and growth (and trust, this is a time of awakening and growth).
Rest really does wonders but first youâ€™ve got to allow yourself to rest.
How will you integrate rest into your life now?
Maybe naps on the weekends? How about changing your daily schedule to get to sleep earlier or maybe spending quiet time reading spiritual text in solitude.
Whatever way you decide to spend rest, just remember to keep it going. You deserve to receive the gifts of rest as you replenish your spirit. No doubt there will be challenges to committing to rest. But donâ€™t give up on it!
I hope you find something from this post that you can take away plus take action on. Even though you may not have all the answers or even the questions youâ€™re â€œsupposed toâ€ ask, even though youâ€™re feeling â€œoffâ€ lately, itâ€™s more important to take committed actions that will carry you through the transitions youâ€™re embarking and undergoing.
This is what spiritual wellness in action looks like. 💗🤗
Until next time …
Be You & Be True