9.19.2015

REFRESH | MIND . BODY . SPIRIT

It's a beautiful, rainy, Saturday morning.  As the slow rain falls to replenish the earth, everything and everyone seems to breathe a sigh of relief as the earth cools from the hot, dry, days of Summer.   

Texas summers can be brutal with several, consecutive days of temperatures in the 100's.  And although I can hear the cute, lovable, Disney character Olaf, singing about his affection for "Sum-meerrr!", I on the other hand, am anxiously awaiting the cool, refreshing days of Fall...



In the same way that rain works to refresh and replenish the earth, we too consistently need those times of refreshing in our mind, body and spirit. 

Like the ground, without consistent times of refreshing, we also become dry and depleted.  

It's easy to notice these characteristics in the ground and plants around us because we've become accustomed to identifying the symptoms of wilting leaves and a brown, patchy lawn.  

When we see the signs of dehydration, we quickly give a dose of fertilizer and several minutes of sprinkler time and feel good that we've done our best to bring them back to life.

Isn't it interesting how the same depleted signs of dehydration in our own lives often go unnoticed until we are feeling overwhelmed, overworked and stressed? 

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do I feel so tired all of the time?"  I have, and it's generally when I stop paying attention to the signs and symptoms of drought in my own life.

We can become so busy with a calendar full of work and good deeds that we overlook our opportunities to stop and reboot.

Our minds, which are filled nonstop with information overload from the internet, work, news, media, etc., find it hard to download at the end of the day and without that much needed time to decompress, we continue to work even when we're asleep.

The unfortunate thing is that an overworked mind has a direct effect on our bodies and spirit.

If you find yourself feeling depleted, ask yourself, "When was the last time I really stopped to rest, do something fun, or do nothing at all without feeling guilty?

It's interesting that many of us feel guilty about implementing times of restoration in our calendars.  Yes, you can actually schedule time for things you enjoy.  

It's similar to the practice of being on a plane and putting the oxygen mask on ourselves before putting it on the person next to us.  It's when we are replenished that we have the most to give.

You owe it to yourself to enjoy the life you're given and allow time to create lasting memories with family and friends.

Men generally enjoy watching and playing sports, grilling, doing a hobby, reading, working with their hands and being outdoors.

Ladies typically enjoy having lunch with friends, shopping, gardening, spa time, reading, watching a good movie, and spending time with family.

One of the best things that we can incorporate is time in prayer and reflection.  It's in those times that we get direction and wisdom.  It's when we can hear ourselves think and hear God's affirmation that He is with us and that He loves us.

Being connected and replenished spiritually is what gives us the balance, strength and clarity we need in all of the other areas of life. 

If you're used to going nonstop and running on empty, it may be hard to give yourself permission to slow down without feeling guilty.  But you owe it to yourself to give it a try and see what a difference it makes.

The best reward will be the benefit of living a life of balance where you can truly feel refreshed:  mind, body and spirit.

Choose to stop and enjoy the rain!

Questions:
Do you find it hard to incorporate time to stay refreshed?
What are things you'd like to implement in the future? 
What area seems to be the hardest to keep refreshed: Mind, Body or Spirit?

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