At the End of the Day
Overwhelmed and perhaps unappreciated, we go about our busy day. A lot of energy goes out with little time for its return. You might say we are operating at a deficit; in physiological terms, this is referred to as cortisol dominance, or chronic stress. This hormone (actually, some forty different types) signals the body to be ready for anything at any time. Such comes with a cost, though, as vital reserves are used up.
What to do? I find the following practice especially helpful: Each evening before bed, draw a map of your community - all the people that have been in your world that day. Start with a small circle about the size of a quarter, and write your initial inside it. Working clockwise, add more circles representing your community, with their initials inside each. As you go, gently breathe in and out. When you have added everyone, draw a symbol of connectedness at the center ( spiral, cross, star, whatever you like). Then, imagine that you are all actually together in the room, acknowledging each person as the energy from the center fills the larger circle, cleansing and vitalizing all. Remain for a moment and let the grace of your world fill you, repair you, and bless you.
Enjoy your week ~