Greetings, and welcome to my inaugural Full Cup eNewsletter! If you're interested in receiving this free monthly eNewsletter in the future, please sign up here. I'm very excited that my book Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life's Just Too Much will be published by Hay House Insights in December, 2012.
In these next months, I'll be sharing ideas, inspiration, and stories related to the questions that so many of us grapple with: How do we find ways to reconnect with what matters most in the context of our busy lives? How do we find genuine balance— and when do we need to redefine what balance means to us? How do we keep our hearts and spirits alive while living out the fullness of our days?
While there are no simple one-size-fits-all answers to these questions, I've been inspired to see the rich conversations and life changes motivated by such reflections. I've seen friends, clients, students, and fellow-parents living out their own responses to these questions— feeling small triumphs in making positive shifts, along with the struggles of not always being able to arrive at neat and tidy answers.
It's all too easy to find ourselves feeling overly busy, and yet often the intention behind our tendency to fill up life's cup is strikingly beautiful. We want to live lives that matter and to make the most of our time here, and we want to show up fully for the things we care about while also tending to our responsibilities. In Thoreau's words, "we want to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life ... And not, when we come to die, discover that we have not lived." Possibly, these desires are a different version of the impulse that calls forth the budding leaves and the blossoming flowers at this time of year. I know for myself, when I reconnect with my reasons for overfilling my cup, I have more tolerance— sometimes even gratitude— for the tension created between my desire to tend deeply to what I care about and my desire to have enough space so that I can truly offer my presence to these things.
I hope this month's writings offer inspiration and support to honor your own journey with these questions. Click below to read more about 6 shifts that can nourish your soul, especially when you find yourself feeling swept up in life's busyness.
Blessings in the month ahead,