Embracing Exquisite Self Care
Exquisite Self Care
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
— Mary Oliver (1990), The Summer Day
When someone told me that she pampers herself with exquisite self care, I began to ponder. What would exquisite self care be for me? What is it for you?
Exquisite self-care is more than just eating right and getting exercise. I’ve got this part down - for throughout my adult life I have endorsed the basic principles of wellness, including adherence to a regular exercise regime and a nutritious, sugar-free and organic diet. But, exquisite self care is more than that - It’s a way of living. It’s embracing life in a pace that allows you to be present in the moment, to experience whatever life, good and not-so-good, has to offer in a deeper way. It’s all about understanding yourself well enough to know, what it is you (and only you) need to do to care for yourself. And it’s having the courage to take the action steps needed to care for yourself, exquisitely!
Like many of you, I have a substantial support system of like-minded friends and family members who also believe in the importance of physical and emotional wellness. And, I consider myself a spiritual and religious person believing in a power outside myself that I call God. I believe in the transforming power of love acquired through the use of prayer and service to others. But my biggest flaw is not slowing down, not embracing play and rest as vital ingredients of a meaningful, well-lived life. Not taking the time to indulge in exquisite self-care – because in the rush of a day’s activities, I don’t think I have the time!
Ironically, it’s in the moments of silence and stillness that I feel most connected with the amazing love of God and his power. I am transformed and wiser and realize my intuition is my true guide because it’s God nudging me to do something, to connect with someone, to listen more intently to a loved one, to throw away my judging tendencies and choose mercy and forgiveness. It facilitates my growth and authenticity, and grounds me more than any to-do list or ritualistic habit can do. In these few precious moments, I give up my incessant need for control, and allow grace to bend my will, transform my mind, and surprise me with the newness and beauty of life. And, the results are greater than I can even imagine!
Are you embracing the gift of exquisite self-care? Are you taking action to do what it is you really need to do – for YOU - so you can experience the results of exquisite self-care?
If not, why not?
Blessings to you