During the month of June I hosted a virtual self-care challenge on Instagram for weSPARK. The benefit of participating in this challenge extended beyond the obvious, the weSPARK self-care challenge t-shirt. A daily practice of self-care can have a profound impact on your life. Recently, I incorporated Frank Ostaseski’s “The Five Invitations” into my monthly Yin Yoga workshop and monthly hiking and meditation group “Healing In High Places.” The fourth invitation is:
Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things.
We often think of rest as something that will come when everything else is
complete, like when we go on a holiday or when our work is done. We
imagine that we can only find rest by changing the conditions of our life.
But it is possible to discover rest right in the middle of chaos. It is
experienced when we bring our full attention, without distraction, to this
moment, to this activity. This place of rest is always available. We need
only turn toward it. It’s an aspect of us that’s never sick, is not born, and
does not die.
This speaks to the importance of a daily practice of self-care. While treating ourselves to a decadent massage or a trip to Bali does count as self-care, it probably is not sustainable for most of us. What is sustainable self-care? Taking a look at your daily life and finding the moments where you can incorporate more healing, longer pauses and opportunities for breath.
Some suggestions from our guests during the weSPARK 30 day self-care challenge:
Meditate for 10 minutes each morning.
Go to bed early.
Write a top 10 gratitude list each night.
Go for a walk in nature.
Begin the day with a glass of warm lemon water.
Take a long bath instead of a shower.
Commit to attending a yoga class on a regular basis.
Journal every morning.
Contact three people you care about each day with no intention other than letting them know you are thinking about them.
Allow yourself 3 moments of pause throughout the day.
Put on your favorite song and dance.
Eat food that nourishes you.
Buy yourself flowers.
Write a love note to your younger self.
Find a podcast you enjoy and listen to it every morning while you get ready for your day.
What sustainable self-care practices can you introduce into your life today?
Our feet are humble, honest and reliable narrators. We should listen to them more often. Mine told me that it was time to go. All they had to say was "Aloha."
Imagine what you could do in your own community if you listened to the ideas of the person beside you and said "yes" instead of "no."
There is no reason to wait. Your practice of daily self-care can start today.
It is a lot easier to hurt, dismiss or lie to someone that we deem to be an "other." What happens when we focus on our similarities instead of our differences?
Walking through impostor syndrome. How to connect with your truth when you feel like a fraud.
How do we gracefully navigate the void once we have done the work of letting go?
Other people are mirrors into our own soul. Within bad advice is the gift that keeps on giving.
When people show you who they are, believe them. Your intuition is a gift to be treated with respect. Those red flags you see are also a gift.
The story of Given resonates within all of us. We each have a story, a legacy and a path. Where will yours bring you?
Learning all about life through the process of death.