When was the last time you did something really delicious just for you and didn’t feel an ounce of guilt? Hopefully, it was recently, but the sad truth is that many of us are socialized to take care of everyone else first – and we’re called “selfish” if we object.
The reality, though, is that if we don’t place ourselves at the center of our lives, we become increasingly scattered, ungrounded, and miserable. If we don’t create space for our self care, we won’t be whole enough to take care of all those we love or who depend on us.
If our inner core of wholeness – what I call our “Circle of One” – is weak, we can’t support our families, communities, and ultimately our larger visions for the world in the most empowered way possible.
Everything else becomes a little easier, a little less stressful, maybe even more fun, when we carve out time and space for ourselves in the midst of the whirlwind of life.
So, how do we start to create an ongoing self care habit? One simple way is to break it down into the four-sided model of mind/body/heart/spirit.
What can you do every day to support and nurture yourself in each of those areas: to stimulate your mind, nurture your body, honor your feelings and important relationships, and reconnect with spirit? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing tips with you daily so that you can begin to build your own 4-legged throne of “Sacred SELF-Centeredness”. Enjoy!