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Friday’s Free Refill: Pause

You owe it to your soul to be still.

I am blessed to be on a four day get away. Away from family, commitments, responsibilities. Out of the state and in a couple of hours actually out of the country.  A brief breather. As I woke up in the guest room of my friend’s house, the one thing I wasn’t away from was me. Me and my rituals. I propped two pillows behind my back and meditated longer than I would have if I was at home. I refilled my cup before my feet hit the floor.

 

I know this about myself. I need quiet. I need to disconnect from the outer world and connect to myself regularly. I also know it doesn’t have to be fourty minutes every morning like it was today. Ten minutes does wonders. Two minutes in the car is life changing. You can’t do it wrong. It takes practice. That’s it.

 

Turn off the phone, the busyness. And even though the mind doesn’t have a permanent off switch, it has a pause button. You get to acknowledge the thoughts at the same time you say, Not now. I tell clients to put that thought on a little wooden boat and let it float down the river in their mind’s eye.

 

Stillness allows me to connect to myself again and that is the refill that gives back. It gives me strength, wisdom, peace of mind, awareness, self love, fuel for living.

 

Will you hit the pause button today? You don’t need to get out of town or leave the country. You simply need to stop, be quiet inside. The outside around you may not be quiet, but that doesn’t need to be your excuse. Go within. Be. Still. Breathing always helps. And when the boat comes floating toward you with a thousand thoughts, you get to say, Not Now. Now I am  pausing to connect to me, myself and I.  Now I am refilling.

Hello! I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Coach for your Life and Spirit, who has been leading retreats for women and coaching them since 2009. One of my favorite ways to fill my own cup is by writing. May my weekly blog give you a sip to reflect, a nugget to chew, a thought to refill. If it is an accountability partner you seek, I offer life and spiritual coaching for men, women, teenagers, and couples, in person in Seattle and by phone.  2017 Mini-retreats in West Seattle 9:30 – 2: March 3, (now room for one more)  June 2 (2 seats left), September 15 (5 seats left). Limited availability, register early. info@mamaneedsarefill.com or www.mamaneedsarefill.com. 206 255 0463.

Friday’s Free Refill: Vacation, A Step Away

They kind of vacation I am talking about you don't have to save up for months, take time off from work or find a dog sitter.
They kind of vacation I am talking about you don’t have to save up for months, take time off from work or find a dog sitter.

On Wednesday mornings I swing by my friend Erika’s house and she joins my dog and me for our neighborhood walk. This Wednesday when I showed up on her doorstep it had been two weeks since we last walked together. Skipping our usual hugs and greetings we both got right to the point, Time for a long one today?

Reading each other’s minds we were both in need of and had time for a long walk which meant one thing. We were headed to the beach. I even had Buford’s ball in my pocket which means a swim was in my dog’s near future. We headed down the hill catching up, breathing easily among the comfort of trees and each other’s company.

We listened deeply and laughed hard as we swapped stories. Taking in the beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound we heard the seals barking and gulls squawking. An hour later after we had caught up, Buford had a chance to swim and we had broken a sweat coming up the big hill, Erika says to me, Ahh, it’s like we just had a vacation.

Two blocks from her front door, I looked over at Erika, seeing the mountains and water behind her, my dog wagging his tail between us and smiled.

Totally. You nailed it. And it’s not even 10 in the morning.

Vacation is a time to rejuvenate. A stretch of time when you let go of responsibilities and gain new strength. Good weather is often involved. Surrender a necessity. Laughter and good company both an added bonus. I was indeed recharged from our morning spent among trees and walking near water.

Erika’s comment is the essence of Mama Needs A Refill, to go within and authentically recharge. It doesn’t have to be a vacation with the family to Hawaii or a yoga retreat by yourself in Taos. A vacation can be stepping outside of your usual or simply stepping outside. Allowing yourself to let go and receive.

Every Wednesday morning I get to take a vacation. Flight takes off at 8 am when I land on Erika’s front porch. When will you schedule your next vacation? Remember no travel agent, visa card or long stretch of time needed. Start with thirty minutes, put it on the calendar and strap on your favorite shoes. (And of course, to be clear, shoes are totally optional.)

Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach who has been leading retreats for women and coaching them since 2009. On the path of discovery, always seeking, it is clear that one of my favorite ways to fill my own cup is by writing. May my weekly blog give you a sip to reflect, a nugget to chew, a thought to refill. If it is an accountability partner you seek, I offer life and spiritual coaching for men and women in person in Seattle and by phone. Next Sack Lunch Mini-Retreat is Friday June 3rd  in West Seattle. I’d be delighted to hear from you! info@mamaneedsarefill.com or www.mamaneedsarefill.com or 206 255 0463.