Sacred Self Care

"Oklahoma" rosebud in October (barefoot photos)

One of my teachers offered a teleconference course on sacred self-care. Oh, I thought, this is pushing things a bit, I mean, really sacred self care?

Furthermore, why should I sign up, I already teach self-care. Certainly I know how important it is to devote some time everyday to the important task and pleasure of taking care of myself.

Well, it was time for me to wake up to the essence as well as the deep importance of self-care practice.

The journaling and meditations I did highlighted long held resistance to my own self-care. Could I be hard-wired to NOT take care of myself? I wondered. Was it a genetic trait? Am I simply and incorrigibly lazy?

As the class progressed week by week, I found a deep well of pleasure arose in my bodymind whenever I gave myself a gift of self-care. It’s possible to tap into that well as a means of motivating myself to continue developing self-care practices.

This week, our homework was to identify one self-care practice to focus on and try to develop it. A small step it would seem, but progress and transformation happens in small simple steps repeated time and again.

So, what am I working on? My negative self-talk. I’m growing my mindfulness around the times I call myself names or otherwise speak poorly to my beautiful self. It’s tough. Sometimes I catch myself disparaging the voice that catches, “Oh, there you go again, you idiot.” Yes, I can even use mindfulness against myself! So I’m continuing to practice softening and then softening again. I need a lot of practice. Unfortunately, it seems I’m giving myself plenty of opportunity. Grrr.

I do recognize how terribly important this is though. It forms the foundation of the spiritual path. Think about it. Better yet, conjure up the feelings in your body of an abundance of self-care. Then ask yourself what would happen if you had that available all the time….

Here’s hoping that you are floating in nirvana-land with me on this one. It’s just a little bit of self-care away!

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3 Responses

  1. Beautiful post..thanks for sharing. one of my favorite self-care activities is walking for 30 minutes around our neighborhood lake right after I drop my daughter off at school. I’ve started to take this ritual very seriously because it encompasses so much of the things I love and sets the tone for the day. I don’t take music, but instead listen to the sound of my feet on the gravel, the birds chittering, the wind blowing. I love the smell of the dewy grass and shrubs, and I love the sight of the morning sun coming up over the trees and making the lake sparkle. That is very sacred to me and so it’s sacred self-care. I cherish those moments. Author, Renee Trudeau writes, “Spiritual self-care is about feeling centered, nurturing your essence, enhancing your inner strength, living in integrity, trusting, experiencing a connection to a higher power, feeling a sense of purpose and finding meaning in your life”. May we all experience this sacred self-care on a daily basis!

  2. Sara, What a lovely and mindful walk you shared, especially the chittering birds! Lovelovelove it. Thanks for turning me on to Trudeau, too. It’s a perfect quotation for this post.

  3. Kathleen

    This is such a wonderful idea Carolyn. Sacred self-care is so important when I am going through rough patches. I find I need to care for myself even more. My tendency is to be more structured and go through my lists even faster when in fact slowing down more is what is needed. Thanks for naming it Carolyn.

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