Nurturing Thursday 14

Each morning for the past ten days I’ve been following a guided healing meditation, emailed to me by The Barefoot Doctor (Stephen Russell.)

I’ve been following ‘the Doc’ for nearly twenty years now, since I first discovered his web address (and quirky description of the contents) on the labels of a bath product line he’d developed, (bearing names like ‘Chi/Qi Orgasmic Shower Mousse’ and ‘Heavenly Massage Gel’. Sadly I the range is no longer available.)

Stephen teaches what he calls ‘Wayward Taoism’ and has written several books about how to survive the stress of modern living by embracing these ancient Oriental methods of enlightenment and practicing the simple exercises he’s devised based on T’ai Chi and Chi Gong.

I bought his first book, ‘Handbook for The Urban Warrior’, at a time when life as I knew it had fallen apart. The cheeky, upbeat style amused me and I couldn’t put it down. I read it from cover to cover, then started all over again ~ taking time to absorb the instructions, one chapter at a time. (The longest journey… and all that.)

Over the years I’ve read many of Stephen’s books (not all ~ some have not seemed relevant at the time); listened to his Audio Motivator CD’s, (bluetoothing them to my new mobile phone as I type), followed the website and signed up for emailed news and freebies, (including the meditation pod I’m using.) Following a recent webinar broadcast, which answered some pressing questions, I pulled ‘Return of the Urban Warrior’ from my bookshelf and am working my way through that.

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I understand that BD’s irreverent approach to spiritual matters may not please purists. But it works for me ~ and that’s all it has to do! 🙂

May you nurture yourself with whatever suits you best, this Thursday! 🙂

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.

Nurturing Thursday 12

Sometimes I nurture myself with a treat ~ luxuriating in a relaxing bath, (with Epsom salts and lavender oil.) Or taking time~out to read just for fun, not as research or in a quest for self~improvement.

On other occasions I nurture body and mind by taking foster~dog Indie for a walk through the nearby forest. And I greet each day with meditation, before brewing my morning coffee.

But there are times, when I have to do something I really don’t wish to. Like going to the dentist. That’s how I’ve been nurturing myself today ~ attending a scheduled check~up. Since I’ve had a somewhat chequered (and painful) dental history, this is a breakthrough for me.

My hygienist, sweet lady, complimented me on my lovely clean teeth and the dentist is ‘very happy’ with the healthy condition of my gums. I left the surgery feeling like I imagine my grandchildren do, when I tell them I’m proud of their baby achievements.

It was s glorious day and ~ even though I’d rather have spent time in the garden than driving across the Island ~ I didn’t cancel. And The Artist wasn’t able to come with, so I conquered my nerves and went on my own.

A baby achievement, for sure.

But I’m proud of myself.

And that’s not only liberating, it’s nurturing! 🙂

Nurturing Thursday is the idea of Becca Givens, author of ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about this, or to join in, please click here.