Luxury – definition: 1. a state of great comfort or elegance 2. an inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain 3. a pleasure obtained only rarely
~ Oxford Dictionary
this is a week for embracing emotional luxury, and finding a little space for the energy in your daily life.
So, what is emotional luxury?
It’s all about indulging yourself, and seeking pleasure.
Luxury doesn’t have to be expensive, flashy or pretentious. To my friend with three children under five, luxury for her is going to the toilet on her own, or having time to linger over a cup of coffee. Another friend considers it a luxury to spend an hour in a bookshop. Stuck for ideas? A cup of coffee or a glass of wine in an upscale hotel or resort can make you feel amazing, for just a few dollars.
What are you denying yourself, or saving for good? Maybe you already have luxury, but you don’t give yourself permission to use and enjoy it. Maybe you just need the time to slow down and luxuriate in the things you’ve already collected.
This week, wear your expensive perfume. Use the special china, or the fancy glasses. Eat the ridiculously perfect but costly organic strawberries. Sometimes one beautiful small thing is worth a thousand cheaper experiences. Take the time you need for yourself. Stolen moments are doubly luxurious – just remember to allow yourself the pleasure without the guilt. Do the thing you’re longing to do. Buy the thing you’ve been dreaming about or take a step towards it. Spend a day in bed, or take yourself on a trip. Play your favourite music. Cook or go out for the meal YOU want to eat. Say no to everyone and yes to yourself.
We all need a little luxury.
That kind of pleasure fills us up, and reminds us of our inner worth. It fortifies us for the hard days, and keeps something burning bright within us that we can gaze on fondly and remember when our world is darker.
If you’ve been putting all your energy into supporting others, or slogging away at the grind of life, the sparkle of a little luxury this week will help top your tank back up.
Let me know what you choose as your emotional luxury for the week!
Love, encouragement and a big shout-out for your need to have some PLEASURE, Nicole xx