"The more I nourish my soul, the more layers drop away and the real good stuff shines through" - Beth Sawickie Nourish my soul - Beth Sawickie http://bethsawickie.com/waiting-for-layers-to-peel-away

Waiting For the Layers to Peel Away to Get to the Real Good Stuff

"The more I nourish my soul, the more layers drop away and the real good stuff shines through" - Beth Sawickie Nourish my soul - Beth Sawickie http://bethsawickie.com/waiting-for-layers-to-peel-away

Over the last several months (heck, years even) – I’ve been peeling away the layers – or actually watching the layers peel away each in their own time.

Peeling away layers of ….

  • who I “thought” I should be.
  • who I thought others thought I should be.
  • who I thought I was.
  • the surface stuff – the shiny exterior we all try and show everyone.
  • the boring surface stuff that is the same as everyone else – the facade of “I have it all together”, “I’m doing just fine – thank you”, “I’m chasing the American Dream…why does it feel empty?”
  • moving through the crippling illusion of unlimited possibility towards the realization of my unique talents and purpose.

Having the patience to allow the layers to peel as they will.  Much like peeling skin after a bad sun burn – you’ll do best to leave it be until it falls off on it’s own.  Otherwise, pull on that seemingly dead fried piece of skin and yowza! it wasn’t ready to detach and that just really smarted.

Leave it be, maybe put on some aloe vera and sit near the fan.  It will feel better, you’ll feel better and it will come off when it’s ready.

In the mean time, while you are waiting patiently – be good to yourself.  Nurture yourself.  Fill up your “feel good well”.  Discover what truly lights your fire.

That is exactly what I have been doing more and more of over the past couple of months – nurturing myself.  In doing so, the layers are falling away on their own.

Just like aloe vera gel for my skin – I have been nourishing my soul by doing things that make me feel good.

To my surprise, the more I nourish my soul, the more layers drop away on their own and the “real good stuff” shines through.  

I have been nourishing my soul by:

  • Participating in Yoga a few times each week.
  • Being kind to myself – giving myself a break.  Not always easy, but I’m getting better every day 🙂
  • Some pampering – got a manicure even though I used to tell myself that spending money on that was wasteful and that I could just do my nails myself.  The reality – I just stink at polishing my own nails plus when I decide to do them it is usually late in the evening and then I end up with sheet prints all over them – argh!
  • Doin’ the “4-G’s of Feelin’ Good” (Goin’, Greens, Givin’ & Gratitude).

For me, the “real good stuff” has been:

  • Inspiration for writings (lots of ’em)
  • Inspiration for photography & mandala creation.
  • The realization that in just sharing myself, my wrtings and my art I can have a positive impact on others.
  • The realization that I don’t need to take “me” and turn it, twist it and shove it into someone else’s box of ideas, shoulds and must-dos.   I don’t need ANY box – no matter how pretty it may look.  I am free flowing and un-contained.
  • A sense of calm peacefulness.

A little note here… these wonderful fires of inspiration and all that “real good stuff” has been punctuated by some moments of mild panic, uncertainty and general – “oh no, I can’t/shouldn’t/wouldn’t/couldn’t do that”.  Many moments of wanting to run and hide and go back to covering up with those old “safe” layers o’ stuff.

The really cool thing is… once those layers have truly dropped off – they seem to be gone forever – or at least gone from view – perhaps eclipsed by all that “real good stuff” shining so brightly –  which is definitely a step in the right direction!

Now over to you…

What do you do to nourish your soul?

What “real good stuff” has shone through for you?

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