path to profitWhat do Self-Care, Play & Profit
Have in Common?

The topic of self-care and play seem to be popping up all around me lately, especially the connection between the two topics. At least 3 people in the past week have sent me articles about coloring books and one of those articles took the perspective that we are longing for an unhealthy return to childhood and that there is nothing creative about coloring. It ticked me off.

What I love about coloring books is the freedom they create. It’s dedicated time to play, relax and nourish ourselves without having to think about what to make or that we can’t draw.

I encourage my clients to color because it takes us outside of our head and back into our body and heart. It frees us to just be. Self-care is about being, not doing or thinking. Layering color on a page is surprising freeing and allows our mind to be while our hands put color on a page.

I am reading a book called Self: Caring for Our Best Gift by Reverend Tom Owen Towle. I saw him speak last Sunday at our church and I so appreciated his emphasis that taking care of ourselves is our best gift to the earth. In his book he shares the following quote by Pema Chodron:

“Mindfulness trains us to be awake and alive, fully curious, about now… whatever your’re doing, you’re doing it now. This very moment is the perfect teacher. This moment is the path we have…”

What does this have to do with profit?

Everything! When we take the time to nurture wonder, to play and to nourish ourselves, business is more fun. When we are on a sales call or at a networking event, being mindful allows us to let go of nerves or discomfort and enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is not just about taking time out daily for meditation, it’s a way of being in the world.

When we regularly make time for self-care and play, we bring aspects of this into the rest of our day.

We cannot create a profitable business when we are stressed out and overwhelmed. Taking time out is crucial to our business success. What is one way you can bring more mindfulness and more play into your business this week?

Soul Doodles – Write a Love Letter to your Soul

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I found this beautiful book over the weekend that literally leapt off the shelf at me. It’s called Gardens of the Soul: Making Sacred and Shamanic Art. Just the images of the art alone are gorgeous. It’s by artist Faith Nolton and she writes in one section about creating Soul Doodles.

This week, I encourage you to grab a piece of paper and something to draw with. It doesn’t matter what you use. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and put on to paper how you are feeling in the moment. (See my drawing below of thoughts/feelings this morning.) This is about nourishing your soul and 5 minutes is all you need.

soul doodlesFaith Nolton writes: “To pay your soul some good attention, you could send it a ‘soul doodle,’ a visual love letter…Sit quiet for a moment and connect with your intention to send your soul a blessing, love, peace, whatever you feel is simple and needful at that time. Then simply step off into the page, forget about ‘getting it right…’ it’s about being there, being in our heart and being willing. Just start a line and see where it wants to go; let patterns emerge, scribble, make rhythms; embellish familiar symbols like hearts or starts. The soul and the spirits love to play, and respond best through symbols, colors and patterns. You cannot make mistakes! All is perfect.”