Wednesday Wisdom Seeds: Cave Time Is Good For Your Soul

Last week we talked about hiding from other people or from the world in general. This week we are going to look at it from another angle. Today’s Wednesday Wisdom Seeds is about the Restorative Cave, the healthy need to retreat, and give ourselves permission to take a step back, or to take time out.

In our society, there is a lot of focus on action, on achieving and on doing.  Those qualities are great, but when we don’t balance them out with rest, with reflection on where we are going and why, or take time to touch base with how we’re feeling and whether or not we’re being true to ourselves, we end up feeling burned out, drained or heading toward a destination that we don’t actually like.

We are bombarded by stimulation all the time now, which has gone into crazy overdrive thanks to social media. We are getting constant messages that we should be doing more, making more, earning more, having more, giving more, posting more.  These messages can make you feel that unless you are going at full speed all the time, and are constantly plugged in, and have every area of life perfectly sorted, then you are not doing enough and are somehow failing or missing out on something.

Saying no to other people or to the world in general, can make you feel like you are letting others down, or losing an opportunity, but sometimes it is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself.

When you say no to something that feels too much right now or something that just doesn’t feel right, you are actually saying YES to yourself.

Cave-time means different things to different people.  It could be a daily habit of 10 minutes meditation, or switching off your phone and computer by 9.30 at night and reading a book before bed or taking some time to journal. Sometimes you can be in the cave for months during major life changes where you have just ended a relationship, or are changing careers or are needing to attend to a health situation.  These sorts of life events can trigger major identity transformations, and cave time is needed to process whatever has ended, and provide a safe space to basically be in retreat until you are ready for the new, or even as you slowly build the new.

Over the last year, I’ve had a lot of cave

Comments

nikos.v.3 2nd March 2016 11:00 am

Dana, hi,

lot's of cave time here too.

As a child I couldn't make connections easily with other kids, at least on periods after 10 , to 12-13. There was a reason, ... I was in a school of rich while my family was not so rich... that dragged me down a bit , along with a teacher I recall while I was too young , she was very strict and my parents chose to live apart.

Anyways, now I 'm 34 and thee recollections are ... doing good.

:-x:

Happy month and week...

Just a word to say. In the cave we must be present. For the cave, whether actual or constructed (a construct) to feel good... For our souls and in general (physicality, mentality/imagination, something true in the whole , and beyond it)

L for Love

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Lorelei63 2nd March 2016 2:50 pm

Great added comments, nikosVg - and thanks for this great reminder, Dana. I have been sleeping so much and needing so much time for this amazing period of rich transformation, this time of incredible self-redemption and validation, after almost 15 years on this journey ... that there's no way I could be holding down a full-time job.

Nitebloom 3rd March 2016 9:04 am

Agree 100%..... we have associated being alone with being unhappy ...... this is not so..I cant even begin to tell you how much my vision of self...has improve since opting out of Social Media. ... I do more now..not to catch up with others either

Bless~~?

earthchild 3rd March 2016 9:55 am

My experience too that you can't really be with others fully unless you have been all by yourself in self discovery without feeling lonely. Loneliness has nothing to do with lack of company with other people. I really needed to be in a cave for a very long time

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Energy Intuitive and Author of A New Chapter Dana Mrkich is an inspiring Writer, Speaker & Teacher with a passion for reminding others of their innate truth and essence. Holding the vision of a new reality from a young age guided by her star elders, Dana’s life focus has been to help people remember who they really are so that together we can create the best possible reality for ourselves and the planet.  

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