I’m often asked what I do for self-care. So in this week’s blog, I thought I’d share it with you as well.
There’s lots I do for self-care, besides my daily meditation and prayer ritual, which I’m sure you assumed would be part of this list. So besides meditation and prayer, I’ll list three (of the many) aspects of my self-care.
I know enough about forgiveness to know it’s not about the other person or situation. It’s about keeping myself filtered from any dark words or actions. I know that how I’m feeling on the inside will give way to creating a life around those thoughts and feelings. And if I don’t like what is going on around me, I say a quick prayer of forgiveness, releasing the energy I do not want to accept.
And if something hurts me very much, I take some time to sit with it, understand it, and when I am ready to release it, I say a forgiveness prayer for 10-30 days. The number of days depends on how deep the issue goes. If it’s something I’ve carried for a long time, and it is a part of my subconscious mind, I say the prayer for at least 30 days.
TWO: I give myself credit for how far I’ve come
I’m on a journey of self-actualization. There are many layers of myself to go through and transform. There is an infinite degree to my love, service, peace and understanding of life.
With this said, I know the journey I’m on will last my entire life.
And I use my life experiences to gauge how far I have come. With each experience, I ask myself if I handled it better than in the past… Has a new me emerged? There are times I feel really good about the new me. And there are other times I know there is more work to be done.
When I feel good about the new me, I take a moment of pause, a moment for reflection. And I give myself credit for the work I’ve done. I know in doing this, I will make a deeper connection of acknowledgement with the new me.
THREE: I move
What I mean by this is not move around geographical locations. What I mean by this is I move my body. I know some people force themselves to exercise, or incorporate some form of movement into their lives.
For me, I feel it’s a privilege to be able to move my body, and take care of my body.
My main forms of movement are yoga, walking and hiking.
I’ve been doing yoga for about 20 years. I started with Hatha classes. Then I did Bikram Yoga for about 8 years. And now I do hot yoga, which is a combination of Hatha/Vinyasa in a heated room. And I absolutely love Kundalini yoga! In fact, I’d like to at some point go through Kundalini teacher training… Just for my own knowledge. So I can become more well-versed in the chakras and energy movement within my body.
So there you have it… Three of the many forms of self-care I incorporate into my life.
Pass this blog onto at least one person in your life whom you feel could use an understanding of self-care outside of bubble baths and lounging in front of their favorite television show. While these activities could bring some solace into our lives, the results will not be as deep as meditation, prayer, forgiveness, giving credit to ourselves and movement.