"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time
to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from
the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."
Are you taking care of yourself? When we get busy (and it
seems like we only get more so, not less), self-care practices
like meditating, exercising, getting enough sleep, connecting
with those we care about, and spending time on the activities
we love are the first things we jettison.
This post started with the working title, “Protecting the Asset”, because I read somewhere that when we start thinking of ourselves, our energy, our purpose and passion, as an asset needing protection to continue functioning at optimum levels, we start making decisions differently. It’s a bit like protecting one’s financial assets in that the principal must be conserved in order to keep generating income. It’s why the airlines instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first, and then help others. “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.” --Unknown
This is not an easy attitude to adopt -- we’ve grown up in a culture that treats the idea of self-care as if it’s selfish, over-indulgent, unproductive, unbecoming, and not something “good” people do. In fact, not only is self-care not taught, but NOT taking care of ourselves is somehow supposed to be a sign of virtue and modesty. It’s not, taking care of ourselves is a matter of survival.
I realize whole books have been written about self-care and my musings here can only scratch the surface, but it’s often on my mind as I look to integrate this into my life.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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