Not to long ago I was thinking I needed to have more self-care for myself. It is something I don't always do very well. During that time I realized I hadn't drawn a new card from my box of Listen for Joy cards; so I pulled one out and it said "Self-Compassion". Whew! I needed that. It was such a reminder that I needed to pay attention to the struggling, injured, or grieving part of me. I needed to be gentle with myself, plus a bit generous too.
Now the pictures may not indicate "self-care" to you, but for me they do exactly that. I love the outdoors and yesterday I had the opportunity to walk around my nieces/cousins farm with my camera. Looking with my camera is a bit of self-care for me, just noticing the little things.
Did you notice I wasn't here to post last Friday? I was on another "self-care" adventure. I had dreamed for several years of taking my grandson to California to meet some cousins. It was a dream come true to finally do a three day adventure, plus sit with my favorite cousin and catch up with our chats. It was indeed "self-care" to the fullest.
“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more
self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become
self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line.
Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on
yourself is the way to be.”
Let's open the door widely! Care for ourselves most generously. Be forgiving of ourselves when we make a mistake. And above all else, just love ourselves.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
Focus on self-care this week and take good care of yourself. Now I am off to get a massage. If that isn't self-care I don't know what is.