What is this ’ME time’? Coming to a Nia class once or twice a week has been described as giving yourself ‘Me time’. I don’t actually like this saying. To me it sounds self-centred, even selfish. And like many of you, I have been conditioned to think ‘selfish’ means ‘bad’. Maybe there is another way to look at this word. I recently heard some advice: ‘Be selfish, look after yourself first, only you can make yourself happy, fundamentally. No-one else can, and if you are happy then you are a nicer person to be around.’ That really appealed to me.
Reminds me of the pre-flight safety speech where they tell you, in the event of an emergency, to put your oxygen mask on before you help your children. So many of us women, mothers, partners, wives put ourselves last, and then what happens –
And we all know, these are not healthy states of mind.
‘Time for ME’ means a time to stop doing the endless jobs, the mundane tasks, the worrying and the all-too-addictive thinking. In a one hour Nia class where there is relatively little interaction with others you are spending precious time with yourself, listening to your body, to the music, maybe listening to some thoughts, but really connecting with your self, with sensations of pleasure, being in the moment and ongoingly choosing how to move. Oh and connecting to what feels fun, joyous, expressive, even silly.
I actually find ‘time for ME’ while teaching a Nia class, believe it or not. Part of our training is to connect to joy and pleasure while we teach, thank you Debbie Rosas, Nia founder. Why else would I love it so much! (oh and Debbie is in London next week, let me know if you want to come to one of her masterclasses)
What do you get from Nia ‘ME time’? Post below in the comment box.