While the house got cleaned and I did get to spend a lot of time reconnecting with my husband, sleep went out the window as usual. It got pushed to the bottom of the priorities. And as Monday rolls around again I find myself exhausted.
Growing up we are encouraged to listen. We are reminded to listen to our parents, teachers, and anyone older offering advice. But often we forget the important lesson of listening to our bodies, our hearts, our own instincts.
One challenge I have found recently is the heartburn of this pregnancy is exacerbated if I lie down within one or sometimes even two hours of eating. The nap time window in our house is pretty narrow these days and nights that I end up eating dinner late, either from waiting until I am home from work or finishing a project around the house, means bedtime will be late as well. I have compensated as much as possible by sleeping in a little later than I am used to or at least resting.
This weekend I had a setback as my heartburn got so bad I was physically sick. And as date night rolled around it would have been very easy to just say "there is nothing worth eating". Instead I sat and listened for a minute. The only thing that sounded good was a ginger salad, like the ones from good sushi or hibachi places. Sure enough, my heartburn and nausea cleared. My body knew what it needed and I just needed to clear out my thoughts long enough to listen.
But the lesson is bigger for me. Yes, it is a good reminder to listen to my body and follow through with fulfilling its needs. Yet there are other areas I need to be practicing my listening as well. We have been working with our daughter to say, "excuse me, can I talk now?" rather than interrupting or making noise over our conversation. It is a basic need to feel heard. And to feel heard, someone has to be listening.
Life moves pretty fast these days. Taking time to listen to the people we care about is so important. Taking time to listen to our own needs is important. And sometimes, reconnecting to this art takes more practice than we realize.
I'm grateful to take time to stop and listen to my body this weekend. I'm grateful to see the immediate results and be reminded of how much my body knows about what it needs. I'm grateful to make listening a priority this week. I'm grateful to have my daughter home again. I'm grateful to listen to her need, as well as my own yesterday, and just take a nap with her. I'm grateful to drift off holding her sweet hand and wake to the soft, deep breaths of a peaceful toddler. I'm grateful to give her that time and comfort she needed. And I'm grateful to give myself that gift as well. I'm grateful to see how many ways listening is important. I'm grateful to be teaching my daughter how to listen, or at least pause in talking. But I'm also grateful to give her the words to remind the world that she has something to say and a need to be heard too. I'm grateful for a social and productive weekend. I'm grateful for a good reminder as I head back into another busy week.
What is your body telling you? Who in your life is needing to be heard? How can you practice the art of listening this week?
May today remind us that being quiet can be just as profound as saying something wise. May we listen more than we speak and follow through with what our body is telling us. Have a beautiful day!