You are so loved. Your every need is witnessed and responded to by the universe. However, you sometimes forget this. You become swept up in the momentum of habitual consciousness, and you forget to take a moment to stop, breathe and be. In that moment, you can receive the love of the universe that is receiving you. It will nourish you with contentment and energy.
You have not done this enough, so your soul is becoming parched and is drying out. Energy has been going out of you, but there is not enough coming back in. It is time to bring something back in for you. To receive and be received. Your are being offered a chance for restoration now, to feel nourished, cared for and loved. Accept it! You deserve it.
The healing process below will help you surrender any guilt or shame you feel for having needs in the first place. It will also help you overcome any struggle that you have receiving and accepting so that your needs can be met.
Do you know how much joy the universe gains from being able to give to you? When you delight in what you receive, when you openly embrace a gift and are so happy with it, the universe is fully received by you. In this space, there is joyful communion between you and life, energy flows more freely and magic happens. When you demur saying you cannot accept, that it is too great a gift or that you are not worthy, you are impeding that flow. You are inhibiting the communion, the connection, the playful interaction between you and the universe. Enough with the false modesty and guilt! You are a radiant sun in human clothing. An exquisite life experience is your birthright. Enjoy it! Soak it up. All of it. Including the restoration of sacred rest.
From that place of nourishment, you will more effortlessly create, live and love with greater energy and thriving, pulsing passion. The earth rests each night so it can greet the sun again each morning with the spectacular living art of sunrise. Allow yourself to switch off, step away, close the laptop, switch off the phone, and just be with yourself for a little while. You will return and be more efficient and effective. Rest now, play now and work later. Forget your worries for a while. Switch off. Do something else. Let it all go and it will all flow.
Say aloud: “I release all false guilt and shame about having needs and all false beliefs about rest being wasteful or unnecessary. I accept healthy, productive sacred rest and the gifts of happiness that it brings. I understand that rest and activity, balance, feed and nourishing each other. There is sacred healing that happens through rest, which is very powerful. I accept and receive this now. Through unconditional love, this is now so.”
Then read this story around, as though you were lovingly reading it to yourself as a child. You may like to curl up comfortably on the sofa.
The great French Impressionist painter Monet, sat in his garden on a warm afternoon. He was napping lightly on his garden bench, with the sunlight dappling gently though the straw hat resting over his face. It was soft and warm on his closed eyelids. He sighed contentedly.
A nosy neighbour poked his head over the fence, keen to know what the brilliant artist was up to now. “Sir, you are resting!” the curious neighbour called out.
“No,” responded Monet, wriggling to get even more comfortable on his reclining garden chair, “I am working.” He relaxed further as the mild breeze tickled the hair on his forearms.
Monet returned to his garden the next day. Consumed by the urge to translate his feelings onto the canvas, he painted with great energy and focus. He was inspired and the paint flowed. Again the nosy neighbour poked his head over the fence. He called out, “Sir, you are working!”
“No,” said the artist, barely pausing with his breath, “I am resting.”
When you are done, give yourself a hug and perhaps have a nap or a cup of tea, or do a little dance around your living room. Or paint, relax, go for a walk in the park or do a spot of window shopping. Just be, play, laugh and relax. Give yourself what you feel you need at this time. If you aren't certain, that's fine. Guess! And know that the more often you do this, the more skilled you will become in identifying and meeting your needs.