For our first meeting in December, we will continue to explore self-care, from the emotional realm. Emotions are felt all day long, and sometimes they are pushed down and away to return to later. There are times that later is visited with healthy habits of journaling or meditation or other contemplative or reflective practices. There are probably more times that the later never comes. Emotions often get ignored, cancelled out, chastised for appearing. To take care of one’s self, we must explore those emotions, with curiosity and non-judgment, and allow all emotions to enter. What habits have you cultivated to increase your self-awareness and self-compassion, for your range of emotions and how those are expressed?
Oprah once asked, “So it’s not selfish to put yourself first?”
Iyanla Vanzant replied, “No, it’s self-full. It’s self-full to be first, to be as good as possible to you. To take care of you, keep you whole and healthy. That doesn’t mean you disregard everything and everyone. But you want to come with your cup full.”
How do you fill your cup? What nourishment are you continually provided for yourself and your well-being?
Let’s explore more self-care on December 1st, 9:30-11am, Grace Church on Day Road. And, don’t forget to bring in any blankets you took home to complete so that they may get to the foster children for whom they are intended. Any new/gently used shopping bags will still be accepted as well. See you on Thursday morning.