Originally published April 2, 2018.
I believe in order to grow in life, everyone (including myself) should take some time to be "temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance." Some of the things that must happen for self-growth is maintenance and self-care. Maintenance is simply a process of ensuring something is in good working condition instead of letting it fall into disrepair. Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve the health of our minds, bodies and spirits. Self-care doesn't make us selfish - it makes us happy. And I have learned that only when I take care of my own needs and I'm of service to myself, only then, can I be of service to others.
Spring break is a great time of year to remind us to take time for self-care. For me, self-care means journaling, praying/meditating, walking the beach and practicing yoga in a setting that rejuvenates my soul. Spring is synonymous with rebirth. So is yoga. Spring can represent putting away old, destructive patterns and habits to create a new and better life for ourselves. During this glorious spring break week, whether you are at home or on a sandy beach, may you too practice self-care, self-love and experience your own rebirth, releasing the harmful ways of the past, in order to create your best and brightest possible future.