I got asked the question recently, are you an extrovert or an introvert? I was surprised by my answer. I used to think I was an extrovert, when I was spending my time doing what others wanted me to do. Once I realized that I wanted to follow a path of being true to myself, I have become more of an introvert. I do love being around people, yet have embraced and taken time to honor my alone time. By giving myself more time, I have more love to spread.
3 Ways to Cultivate Your "Me Time."
1. Awareness – Be aware of your space requirements as well as those that you are in relationships with. Talk about your needs and take time to understand other’s as well. And then allow and honor each other. For example, my eight year old daughter likes to go to her room when she gets home from school. At first, I thought something was wrong, and then I realized, she just organically knew she needed space after spending the day in a busy classroom.
2. Practice - Start with a few minutes every day and gradually build up the amount of time. The time will vary, yet working towards a little each day, will allow you to process all that is going on in life and give you space to be in the moment.
3. Explore – Take time to explore what you like to do by yourself. Have you ever gone to the movies by yourself? Do you prefer to exercise, cook, clean or shop alone? Have you noticed when you most desire time by yourself – mornings versus nights? Whatever feels good, do it. We are all unique in what we want in life. Space is one that we all desire, yet many times we don’t take the time for ourselves as we are wrapped up in taking care of others. It is beautiful to honor yourself.
You may be surprised with your capacity to go through life when you give yourself a little down time.
As the Dalai Lama states,
“spend some time alone every day.”
Kerry Alison Wekelo is the Director of Operations at Actualize Consulting where her Leadership Training program has successfully influenced a teamwork environment at some of the world’s largest companies. She teaches yoga regularly at Beloved Yoga and is the author of “Audrey’s Journey,” a children’s book series focused on compassion and joy. Check out her website at www.allisawesome.com or www.yogaandwork.com for more information. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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