We have been exploring joy and love along the 8 + 1 pillars of joy as outlined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in their collaboration, The Book of Joy. We have reflected on how perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity (plus Bev’s addition of kindness) show up and influence our lives. Now, let’s consider how you care for yourself along those 9 pillars in life.
“Learning to attune and respond to your needs and desires – practicing self-care – impacts every aspect of your life. Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and well-being.” –Renee Peterson Trudeau
Are there ways to increase your perspective and simultaneously improve your well-being? Allow yourself to laugh and smile broadly…just how much joy does humor bring to you and your family and to your relationships? Regularly practicing gratitude gives back to you in at least seven ways including better relationships, better health, greater empathy and more. And generosity of course gives back to you as much as the act gives to others.
For moms, self-care often falls off the list of things to do, behind the kids, the family, the home, the pets, the chores, the yard, the car, the doctor appointments, piano lessons, play dates, carpool, and everything else. In fact, for many of us, it’s a dream that doesn’t come true, a wish that stays up in the stars, and a vision of the future that appears far, far away. But there are ways to make it happen, to make time and focus for yourself.
Intrigued? Interested? Let’s explore self-care from the 9 pillars we have been discussing and integrating throughout this year. Bring your curiosity and skepticism and optimism and ideas to share, to grow, to reflect, and to learn with one another about self-care as moms, as women, as a community. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 5th of April, 9:30-11am, at Grace Episcopal Church on Day Road. As always, join us for conversation, for delicious snacks and hot beverages, and with childcare on-site to allow you to take a first step on the road to self-care by entrusting our providers with your little ones. See you there!