QOTW: Making Time for Yourself

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QOTW: Making Time for Yourself
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 1:29am
We probably all agree that it's important to make time for yourself. But with our busy lives, that can be difficult to do. Many of us have full-time jobs, and/or go to school, have families to take care of, have social obligations, etc. Is there something that you do that is just for you? Do you meditate or pray or have a particular ritual that is for you alone? Is there a hobby or another way that you treat yourself? Are you able to do something for yourself on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis?


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Registered: 02-23-2009
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 4:28am

I try to read a little bit every day as I find this helps me to zone out, especially on the weekends sitting with a coffee in the sun with a good book.

I also try to say a short morning ritual prayer each morning before I leave for work for protection & healing.

Need to make time to meditate again though.

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Registered: 03-09-2001
Sun, 06-14-2009 - 3:49pm
I think I have it easier than many, at this time in my life. I am retired due to hearing loss and not being able to find work. Have been for over 5 years, once my hearing dropped so I couldn't hear on telephones or in person where there is too much musak or background noises. :o(

In the days when both DH & I worked full-time and were raising our DD (grown now), got up at 4:30 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. and went out to the garage where I had my meditation cushion, or out under the redwood tree, to do my t'ai chi chih practice. Some years I ran on my lunch hour or did t'ai chi then or read a book alone while I had my lunch break. Sometimes I would take off for a weekend to see a nearby GF, leaving DH to take care of DD. It wasn't always consistent, nor was it always ongoing. When I started to vibrate and freak out, be nasty to people, it was my signal I needed time to myself. I learned to take it and I learned to not only ask DH for his backup, but expect it. After all, I did that for him so he could do his own thing a bit each week... :P

Now my days are my own. My Mika dog & I are close companions and we walk long walks everyday. I have my solitude mostly all day long (DH still works and will for a few more years before retiring). I love spending my days alone with my Mika! ;) I am sort of a hermit, but I like it that way. I have a small altar on our mantlepiece in the living room, with representations of the Goddess & God, the Four Directions and my Totems of those Directions. I stand and speak to the All each day, even if just briefly. I thank for protections and blessings, as well as continue to ask for protections, DH's job staying secure until retirement, our home, etc. For more specific spell work, I light candles, incense, and to a more formal ritual to generate and send out the intent and energy.

I recently started up my t'ai chi chih practice again. I had open heart surgery in mid March this year, and I was determined to come back from it! :) I started doing my t'ai chi chih while I was still in the hospital, as a healing exercise, and as a way to draw healing energy of the Earth into me. The Goddess saw to my hospital room, as I had a view of 4 redwood trees out my window, which I could see from my hospital bed. There were Sentinels that reminded me to draw on the strength of the Earth and that I would heal! When I came home, I did t'ai chi chih every single day. I lit blue healing candles on my altar. I used healing visualization. A friend sent me Reiki energy. When I saw my heart surgeon two months later, he said of all his patients who had open heart surgery the week I did, I was the only one getting out of bed easily, much less walking my own dog over 3 miles a day, 7 days/week! LOL! Blessed Be the Goddess and God!!! ;))




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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 6:31pm

I take time for myself usually when the kids are finally in bed. I play on iV a bit, and usually do some reading and watch reality shows that I have DVR'd. :)

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 7:05pm
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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 7:31pm

I'm ucky in being retired since I no longer have job demands taking up my time but there is still the house and DH...

Still, I do find time daily to do some crafting, usually stitchery, while listening to my favorite television programming. And every Tuesday, two friends and I have a girls' night out at a local stamping shop with dinner to follow.

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 8:34pm
I have several hobbies that I enjoy that are just for me. I read in bed quite a bit. And there is my beading and my belly dancing (though I really don't have the space to do it, so I've really slacked off). I write a lot, either short fiction or in my personal journal or in my magickal journal. I also study a lot. Whenever I become interested in a particular subjetc I want to know everything I can about it, so I will buy books or magazines or search the web for information about that subject. Another thing that I will do is watch movies after DH has gone to bed. I have a portable DVD player, so I will put it in my lap and put on the headphones and get lost in a movie. I also commune with my God/desses and with the Earth Mother and Her children. These activities help to ground me.
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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 9:46pm
I do something for myself daily - visiting with friends online, crocheting, reading, or just sitting outside enjoying the quiet
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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 11:20pm

Lately I have been getting my "me time" by listening to music.


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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 11:57pm

I take time to read, and time on iV is also time for me. I think I am also going to make time to walk or dance as these always bring me to a good space.

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Wed, 06-17-2009 - 11:58am

One of my favorite things to do(when it's not too cold outside), is to sit on my front steps in the morning with a cup of cocoa, or the like. I have my garden in my front yard, as that's where the best light is, and I live in a very small, quiet town, so it's very peaceful and restful.

Last year there were many changes, the first being I had just moved here. I added the garden once it was warm enough, and sat out there sometimes with my 19 year old cat. She passed on soon after that, and I was led to a tiny abandoned feral kitten that was only 2-3 weeks old. The rest of the summer my mornings were not as relaxed on that front porch, as I was kitten wrangling, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

Now I am on bedrest, but I am working my way back to my front steps. My DH has put a lot of work into the garden that I haven't been able to these past couple of weeks, and I miss that peace.

We move in a few weeks, and I am curious to find out what my "me time" will turn into.