I am very enthused for this next 30 days of exploring self care! I got inspired to join a blog challenge, to blog for 30 days in a row and get my blog about and learn tips. I must admit, it seemed daunting but I love to write so I chose to jump in. As I was going for my New Years walk yesterday to get some fresh oxygen and pleasure of the woods, an idea come in that was so yummy to me!
I heard, "Why don't you blog for 30 days about self care? Do things each day for yourself, explore for yourself and others to learn." Aha! Such fun and pleasurable indulgence! Self care is the greatest elixir out there so why not inspire yourself, others and even get them to share with you their ideas! I got really juiced up with enthusiasm!!
Being in a group to complete or inspire tasks is much easier than alone. Doing this blog expansion allows we to interact with other writers, read some cool blogs, get about like minded and be inspired. In doing that for me, I thought how cool would it be to do something with it that would impact us all by exploring self care? If nothing else, I give myself a good practice that fills me up each day! Exciting!!
I will never forget when I learned from Perun, a Russian Master that did a retreat on my farm, why woman are unfulfilled. He said woman don't explore themselves for they are busy caring for others and burned out. We become unfulfilled for no one is filling us up. We don't ask others and in fact others can't truly fill us. We must pay attention to what we need and either ask or do it for ourselves. Others can't read our minds so we must tell them. We are not so good at that and think they should know as we know others needs. We are misguided with that belief.
He spoke of the power of us having time to ourselves so we can know ourselves and our needs. Without that alone time, reflection time, down time, true self care, we would feel discontent. Everyone needs this alone time, experiences of just ourselves to see what is going on. Woman are less likely to do this for they get so caught up in caring for others. Our innate nourishing quality that is so powerful needs to be used on ourselves as well. Doing it once a week or monthly is not enough. We see how much care others need and we need that just as well. Hearing this created a powerful shift in me. Why was I not giving myself the time, care and nourishment to feed and know myself? It changed me.
As we begin our exploration, we need to commit to ourselves this rejuvenation time. There are many ways to do this, to care and know ourselves. This is our 30 day exploration. To see how we can do this, quickly and daily, in large and small ways so we are not feeling unfulfilled or discontented as Perun spoke of. It is the key that we are missing. The know thyself heal thyself commitment that woman push aside for others.
Today I began my self care with a facial massage with my Kasa Wand. It can take 3-10 minutes depending on what my schedule is. I chose about 7 minutes to really massage my face, relax while I did it and really luxuriate in it. Finding the places that were tight or had knots or soarness. Our face in eastern medicine is tied to all parts of our body. Really giving tender care to our face, liking our face, finding ways we love how we look is so pow erful in femininity. As we relax, massage our beautiful face that the world sees, we can support all our body. We all have beauty and we should celebrate it in however we can find it. It is what we show to the world. Whether it is our evening wash, a facial, our special creams, these are all great self care. Learn to love your face, your eyes, your unique look with a few extra minutes each day!
It was simple, took a few minutes as I got ready for work and most importantly, I savored it. I was present, took time out and could feel the oxytocin buzz. I plan to do some other Tai Chi moves later and look forward to finding little ways to bring in relaxation, oxytocin and pleasure! How will you begin??? Let me know.
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