to pamper or not to pamper...
Suzi's feetsies, canon digital rebel xt
The pedicure above is called the "Island". Can you just imagine the tropical scents coming from this delicious bowl of silky blue water?
While my friend and I were sitting side by side this past weekend as our feet were being loved on with sugar scrubs and adorned with sparkly lotions, I thought about the concept of pampering oneself.
So many of us deal with a lot of guilt when it comes to pampering ourselves. Me included...but I am learning that it is all part of loving myself so that I can be fully present for the other loved ones in my life.
Whenever I leave an acupuncture session, I feel more patient, more calm, more emotionally available to others. When I walked out of this amazing Zen spa with painted toes and soft coconut scented legs, I had an extra skip in my step. I drove away with music blasting, me singing and looking forward to loving on my husband as soon as I arrived home.
So perhaps those of us that do indeed suffer from thoughts that pampering oneself is selfish or unnecessary, I would ask to look deeper and realize that loving and replenishing yourself isn't just about yourself. It is healthy, wise and puts you in a better frame of mind to give of yourself the way you want to.
So, just like you budget for food, gas, doctors appointments and bills...put a little bit of money away each month for a massage, pedicure or whatever it is your body is craving. Or have your girl/boyfriends over to do your own spa treatments. The more I do this, the more I realize that taking care of my mind, body and soul is not just about taking care of me. It is also about taking care of those that have to live with me.
So... to pamper or not to pamper. That is the question!