Curtrice Goddard 2012-11-29 08:48:44
Discovering who we truly are by shifting from outer management to Inner self-management is the greatest awakening we’ll ever experience. These times are calling for more daily support in our everyday lives to help support our spiritual awakening. The term self-care is used a lot in the wellness community, as we stress the importance of care for oneself through myriad different healing modalities. Without diligent inner self-care and awareness in our approach to life, one would make it difficult for themselves to thrive in these times. Life is becoming bigger, with more personal responsibilities and responsibilities for the Earth, our neighbors, our community and humanity in general. We are increasing in number, growing our own foods, building our own unique businesses, homeschooling our children and now more than ever, our plates are full. With these social and global demands and with the ultimate desire to serve within us, the need for inner reflection and ultimate inner self-care is our greatest catalyst to creating a life with ease, living out our dreams with vigor and serving humanity with passion. You cannot give what you do not have. Investing in the self is the biggest gift we can give to the world. To give to oneself by pouring into one’s self is quite an awakening. Most people will find this difficult, because we have been programmed to believe that selfishness is a bad or a negative thing, which would explain the state of being of most people—tired, exhausted, spent and unfulfilled—and while it may seem that being a martyr is humble and an act of service, in truth, it is not. True activism is when you can show up in all areas of your life strong, willing, joyous and inspired. This is when giving to others is most effective, but that can only happen when one has extended the amount of time, care and attention they have given themselves. Tireless giving and energy spent outward without proper rejuvenation leads to a weary human being. Here are a few helpful tips to help shift into pouring into self and naturally allowing that care to pour onto others. Begin by turning your meditation time in to a sacred self-care hour; give yourself time to meditate, read and connect with the self and the divine without rushing. Cook nurturing foods slowly and connect with the act of consuming high-nutrient foods and appreciate the time it takes to take care of your body through nutrition. Fast food is for fast living, and you’ll awaken to the beauty of life by moving slower and being more mindful. The third tip is for daily fun activity. If you find you don’t have time to laugh and play, reprioritize quickly. Allowing our true nature of bliss and vigor to emerge does wonders for the soul. Your happiness will be contagious, and everyone you come in contact with will benefit. You could do something as simple as changing your route home from work to the scenic route, while being present and taking it all in, stopping for a healthful, yummy snack and enjoying it. Or, allow time for a phone call with a friend that has no agendas. Using the time to laugh, connect and simply catch up. Implementing more things you want to do, versus what you have to do, can shift you into more of a playful, stress-free, true natured state of being. Curtrice Goddard is a holistic wellness and lifestyle consultant with Tranquil Being. Contact her at 734-972-5028 or Curtriceg@TranquilBeing.com.
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