The Heart of Healing: Loving Self and Others


Happy Valentine’s Day – “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways….”

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  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning touched upon love in her sonnet. We, too, are prompted to consider who and what we love on Valentine’s Day.
  • Our ability to give and receive love is frequently lost in daily life as we face constant stress and change. Making time to love our Self and others becomes a challenge, yet one which can ground and deepen the connection with our heart and authentic Self. Valentine’s Day is a reminder, but how do we live and bring what is at the heart of all healing, love, into our lives each day?

Self-care practices provide a key to increasing Self-awareness, living mindfully, and being present to give and receive love to ourselves and others. When I begin my day with the Self-care practice of meditation, I am more focused, awake, and aware throughout the day. Add a dance class and I come alive through movement and music that enlivens my body and brings joy to my soul. Time in nature, taking a mindfulness “breather,” brings me home to my human nature, and I return to life as a human being NOT a human doing. And, in case I get too serious, laughter and play breaks lighten my whole being and change my perspective on everything and everyone.

Loving myself, through Self-care practices, ripples out and affects not only my health and well-being but the health and well-being of my family and all my relationships. These practices are like a cool shower on a hot day, after which I feel refreshed, revitalized, and awake to what each moment presents.

What Self-care practices do you use as a way to love and care for your Self?

 

Namaste…(the Light in me honors and bows to the Light in you)

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