By Cassandra Rae
Often times we confuse self-care with pampering. I love pampering; and yet, pampering isn’t the energy that moves you out to your growing edge, beyond your comfort zone, and into the authentic expression of your life purpose.
I believe that self-care has the power to propel you to new heights and depths. I define self-care as tending to the soul, body, heart, and mind. This requires us to actively engage with our inner life, our bodies, and our outer world. This means tending to your emotional, mental and physical health, your livelihood, your environment, your finances, your schedule, and your relationships.
I know this sounds like a lot – because it is! – But what if I told you that self-care is what helps you tune in to your intuition, creative ideas, and inner compass of purpose and meaning?
Self-care isn’t something to do when you’ve run yourself down. It isn’t something you save for a special occasion. Nor is it something you earn by your hard work. Self-care is your willingness to tend to yourself so that you can be the authentic expression of your soul in your daily life, work, and relationships.
Each one of us deserves a healthy dose of self-care simply because we exist. Self-care is as diverse as the universe itself. It can show up as saying no, speaking your truth in a difficult situation, trying something new, creating a budget, asking for help, ten minutes of meditation, working with a therapist, calling your government representative, or saying you’re sorry.
Furthermore, standing up for yourself is self-care. Boundaries are self-care. Speaking up for justice, inclusion, and change is self-care. There is no one-size-fits-all form of self-care because there is no other you.
Take some time to check in with yourself today. How are you feeling? What do you need or want? What problems do you see that you want to solve? How can you tend to yourself? What are you willing to do today? Whatever it is you choose to do or not do in honor of self-care, I ask that you do so from a place of compassion, understanding, and self-love.
If you can embrace yourself right where you’re at, then you are better equipped to engage in meaningful activities of self-care that ultimately benefit everyone in your world beginning with you.
Please join me this Sunday as we continue the conversation around Sacred Self-Care. After my talk, we have a lively Q&A where I answer your questions on the spot. It’s one of my favorite things to do all week. I hope to see you there as we grow our capacity to care for the self.
Sending you love, Cassandra
Sunday, November 24, 2019, 10:30 am Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock Sunnyside Community Hall 1845 154 St, Surrey, BC V4A 5J8 Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/NfF8HuiviD9fZN8y6
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