At the start of the New Year, the messaging around the world points towards living a better life. A life that includes less stress, illness and ailments. No one on this planet wants to be sick and yet so many of us are dealing with something whether it's physical, energetic, mental, emotional and even spiritual health.
We are doing the best we can with what we have. Even when we aren't showing up fully, there might be some faint voice deep within that is nudging us into the direction of more ease. I can't imagine that anyone wants to live with pain, discomfort or feeling disconnected from their own body, mind, heart and soul.
The reality is that when we do feel out of wack, we might search for something outside of ourselves to make it better. While it might work for a while, it's not a surprise when the effects begin to fizzle and we are left with that feeling of what to do now. Think when we over do it and try to numb the feelings such as overeating, drinking, exercising, working, shopping - the relief only lasts a while.
We've all heard of self care and we might even have a list of self care activities that we like to do when we feel disconnected. Today I invite us to think about self care as a personal exploration to the heart.
The heart is a powerful energetic space that can be touched by a stranger's nice gesture, a smile from a child, a happy puppy playing and so much more. There is no limit to the amount of love, compassion, ease, patience that we all can hold within. There is no limit to how much we can give.
What feeds your heart? What energizes your heart? What makes your heart sing?
Maybe somedays it's a nice walk in the park, a conversation with a friend, a forgiveness ceremony, a yoga class, a trip to the ocean. Maybe it's a dance party in your home or a long bath. What if our self care comes down to listening to what we need in the moment?
What does your heart need?
Sometimes my heart needs an energetic jump start and that's when I look within. I want us to get into the habit of asking ourselves, "What does my heart need?" and start paying attention.
There will always be outside energies that we cannot control. On the days that we are feeling depleted and energetically down, let's remember the heart space. Remember that we can only give what we have so it's important to check in and prioritize our health - in every way.
Here are a few questions that you can dive into to help figure out what your personal self care might include:
What raises your heart energy?
When do you feel the most connected to your body, energy, mind, heart and soul?
Where and with whom do you feel like your most authentic self?
What do you wish you had more of in your life?
Self care is personal. Let's find the ways back to the heart so we can care for ourselves - from the inside out.
Feel free to comment below with the ways you practice self care. Maybe your suggestions will help others find new ways to think about it.