~Rewards come in many forms. They can be gifts, praise, money, love, or just warm smiles from a caring friend. These are all wonderful things, yet I have discovered rewarding oneself is more valuable than any reward received from sources that are external. It seems the most meaningful things we can offer the world and others, must begin by nurturing ourselves from the inside first.
After completing my nature walks, I offer myself one such reward. No, no…not a yummy Cadbury chocolate bar (though that type of reward may come later, after I’ve eaten a healthy dinner )
My post-walk reward is simply spending some quality time with a special bench (see photo on link below) at the nature preserve I frequent. Yes– that’s right, I said bench. I look to this bench as an ‘exhale’….a place I can unwind in whatever way I need to.
Sometimes I sit quietly on the bench, stare into the magnificent lake or sky and just breathe deeply, letting my mind go empty.
Other times I stretch out on the bench (yes, I fit…perks of being petite). I might contort myself in positions on the bench in my attempt to relieve spasms and painful knots that live in my muscles, or adjust my joints in effort to find better skeletal alignment (don’t ask what onlookers must think when they catch me doing this).
There are times I simply use my bench-time to look within, make peace with my shadows and appreciate my blessings.
I always use my moments on the bench to fill myself up with the good energy the forest has offered me that day…and then I send that energy out to all of you!
Much Love, Robyn click here to view photo: Rewards « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS