She’s tired or she’s irritable. She’s hungry.
Of course, because she goes and she goes and she doesn’t rest or she doesn’t eat. She forgets or she gets distracted or she doesn’t realize how important it really is.
I give her practical, easy ideas to take care of herself. I understand that she’s stretched in a million directions and it’s not the time to sit down for gourmet meals or indulge reading with her feet up. It’s not the time in her life and that’s also a blessing. But she’s forgetting the basics. She’s forgetting that her body is a vessel of holiness and you can’t give if you’re empty.
She needs reminding. I need reminding. You need reminding.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the entire congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy (Vayikra 19:1-2)
That’s right. She’s holy and you’re holy because G-d is Holy and He is that holiest part within you. So, to a precious holy vessel what do we do? We take care of it. We honor it. We treat it with respect. We don’t want it to break or crack. We want it intact so that it can be full of holiness and light.
I remind her and I remind myself that it takes work to take care of yourself. But the work in itself is holy.
Practical tips for healthy quick snacks for the busy woman:
Hard boiled egg with a cucumber and tomato-vegetable sticks
Dates with almonds and nuts
Rice cake/whole grain cracker with raw sesame seed butter (tehina)/almond butter/peanut butter/avocado
Piece of fruit
Omelet (egg with zucchini, vegetables, etc.)
Raw vegetables with raw sesame seed butter (tehina)/almond butter/peanut butter/avocado
Oats, date silan, coconut butter bars (mix 3 cups of oats, 1/2 cups of date silan, 1/4 coconut oil, cinnamon-heat over stove top to mix, bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Let cool and break into granola bars)