Just one day, a delicious retreat
Day 63/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: satisfied with a big days work!
It's difficult to explain just how delightful it is to have one whole day for yourself.
No responsibilities, no jobs, no to-do lists, no shopping, no chores, no one else to do for, just one whole day for yourself.
This is your Sabbath. Make it a Sunday or any other day of the week, but make one day each week especially for you.
You could spend it reading and sipping on herbal tea snuggled up in bed, a vintage hunt through second-hand markets, a crafting day, a day in the garden, anything that you enjoy, that speaks to your soul, that fills your cup.
Today figure out how to give yourself just this one day for you only
Block out a day in your schedule so that no online scheduler can book into that day. Close your laptop and even consider turning off your phone. This is your day.
For me it's every 7 days: Day 7, 14, 28 then 7 again. It's easy to remember that way and I honour this ritual religiously.
It's difficult to explain the bliss of this day. One day that nothing is scheduled, nothing is expected, nothing is pressing. It's a day that fills me with joy and rests my active mind.
There's no rules about what you can do for yourself on these delicious days. Sometimes I'll spend the day walking on the beach. Other days I'll take a book to the bush and read all day. Sometimes I'll potter in the garden, have coffee and cake out, meet up with a friend, have an afternoon nap.
It's all about self-love on this day. I hope you'll join me and make this one day especially for you.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.