Experience Silence and the calming effect on your mind and body. Quiet yourself. No movement for just 2 minutes (which may seem like eternity) then slowly let your body do what it wants to do. For example sit is a loosely crossed leg position with your arms to your side and your head bowed so your chin is resting towards your chest. Stay like that with no sound for 2 minutes. You will become more intune with your breathing, heartbeat, maybe even your gurgling tummy 😉 . Then just let your head move anyway it wants (IN SILENCE). Let your neck and shoulders flow without thinking about it. Follow with your arms, elbows, wrist and fingers.
"Well gee, this is just relaxation stretching."
In silence. A quiet place to let yourself flow in and out of conscientious being aware and not being aware. Try laying flat on the ground and doing the same practice of silence and quiet. How can our minds rest if we don't let our bodies rest?
We are the most amazing being that God has created! Do you realize that? Genesis 1:25-27 vs 25- God made every animal, beast, cattle, and everything that creeps on the earth according to "its" kind and God saw that it was good. vs 26- Then God said "Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…" vs 27- So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him male and female.
Let's take the time to rest in silence and meditation and have joy in appreciation of the majestic beauty of the image we are made in.
Replenishment is another key to Self-care. What you sow you also reap. In the last post we discussed how we pour out to others, is a realization of who we are.
So what we replenish ourselves with, will dictate what we are able to pour out as well as what we are able to nourish ourselves with. God created us in His image so we must replenish ourselves in the same way He has shown us. With our words, through meditation and prayer. First words of the day when you awake are fresh seeds that will be planted; "Ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be open to you". Have the faith, peace and confidence of speaking what you desire to replenish you. "I Am so thankful for peace of mind today" "Everything is working out for me" "I flow in unity with my Father" "I'm grateful for my spiritual guidance that keeps my intentions today" "The essence of Holy Spirit guides me in my decisions". Eliminate the fear voices and replace them with the faith voices. Everyday you are living, breathing and walking into the future. Replenishment is a power-source to prepare you for your journey. Remind yourself the past is just that PAST. You are a vessel for the future.
Be kind to yourself and you will be kind to others. Follow the "Platinum Rule". How do you want to be treated? Then first treat yourself that way. Then you can become more sensitive to how others desire to be treated and you will TREAT them the way THEY want to be treated.
I've posted before about walking in another's shoes. We first must Realize there ARE other shoes (lifestyles) out there and you make a choice if you desire to be a part of others lifestyle & choices, or in other words put on their shoes. Realize it's a choice. Loving one another is realizing we are different and loving in spite of our differences. It doesn't mean you force yourself into a relationship or lifestyle you don't desire because you love one another. I love you but I won't take this journey with you.