As we roll into another year, I’m furthering my journey of Self-Care. Most of us were taught to think of others first, right? What I’ve learned is that my health, all the aspects of it, function more optimally when I’m not trying to “fix and control” with me being at the bottom of the list. I’ve learned to bring awareness to how I’m feeling.
The body doesn’t lie. We’re all in the same boat, bailing water with information overload and excess expectations, and followed by guilt; always with ourselves and many times in our relationships. Remember that song “Is That all There Is?” I believe we’ve all asked ourselves this at one time or another. Can we choose differently? Can “being” and not “doing” actually help us feel better, be healthier and be present in healthy ways to serve those we care about in our lives.
Over the past year I’ve been experimenting with a more focused practice of self-care and here’s what I’ve discovered.
- Saying “No” is liberating
- Forgiving others and myself brings me peace and acceptance
- Partaking in LESS of everything is truly MORE (food, stuff, commitments, etc.)
- Putting quality food into my body makes me healthier
- Scheduling regular tune-ups matter (massage, acupuncture, Reiki, chiropractic)
- Exercising in any form brings me joy and peace
- Meditating keeps me focused and less “reaction-oriented”
- Having time alone every day brings me contentment and “lightness”
- Helping others brings me joy and purpose
Today I invite you to join me to continue our journeys in Self-Care. Even if you take baby steps, that’s OK!. The world keeps humming around us 24/7. I believe being “on 24/7” dims and challenges our ability to shine our lights where they are needed. We are, each and every one of us, a beautiful light. And yes, our lights are needed for individual peace and as part of the collective in the world we live in. Please take care of your Light!
With Light and Love!
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