Last week I was juggling work deadlines, training a new staff member and packing up to head out of town for vacation. One evening, while driving to my community singing class (an hour away), I found myself feeling more and more tired. More than half-way there, I paused at a stoplight. As committed as I was to this program–and even though it was the last class–I realized what I most needed was to take a hot epsom salt bath and go to bed early. So I turned around and went home.
Doing less in a culture that prizes busy-ness and productivity takes courage and a deep commitment to our own well-being. This week I’m slowing down to ask, “How can I do less?” (so I can experience more). Check out my 2-min. video here:
Like this theme and want to take it deeper? Read When We Do Less, We Experience More. My colleague author/teacher Joan Borysenko says, “Remember—your to-do list is immortal. It will live on long after you’re dead.”
UPCOMING SELF-RENEWAL EVENTS/RESOURCES ~ JOIN ME!
- Sat., June 17th, 9-1 p.m. ~ Permission Granted: The Art of Extreme Self-Care –a mini retreat in Western NC. Design the summer your soul desires and learn the art/science of self-care. On the week of the summer solstice; in Brevard, NC (45 min. from Asheville). Register by June 11th; almost sold out. Learn more/register.
- September 15-17th ~ Sing, Dance, Pray: Romancing the Beloved at the Retreat Center at Lake Logan (45 min. from Asheville, NC airport). Located on sacred land in the oldest mountain range in the world. Limited to 20 women. Registration closes on June 30th; five spots left for this very intimate, special retreat. Learn more/register.
- Wild Souls Nature Adventures (based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC): authentic movement classes, community song circles, full moon hikes, meditation workshops, women’s circles & more. New offerings listed each week; have me design a custom experience for your team/friends. Join us Sunday, June 11th for Wild Souls Authentic Movement near Asheville, NC. Learn more.
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Subscribe here to Live Inside Out, a weekly blog written by mindfulness coach/author/speaker and self-care evangelist Renée Peterson Trudeau. Passionate about helping men and women find balance through the art/science of self-care, Renee has been facilitating high-impact, interactive workshops for Fortune 500 companies, national nonprofits/conferences and organizations/teams worldwide for 25 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, US News & World Report, AARP, Spirituality & Health and more. She and her team have certified more than 450 facilitators in 10 countries around the globe to lead self-renewal groups/retreats based on her pioneering self-care curriculum. She’s the author of two books on life balance including the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. She and her husband live in Western North Carolina and Austin, Texas; her latest venture is Wild Souls Nature Adventures. More on Renee here.