For months I’ve found myself drawn to discussions about self-care that go beyond bubble baths and dark chocolate. The fact that those discussions are even happening tell me that I’m not the only one.
Maybe that’s because for months I’ve been drowning. This past summer took me down in ways that life hasn’t taken me down in quite some time. Because every gentle ask felt like the demand that was going to take me down and not let me back up again. I needed to be taking care of myself.
Honestly, taking care of everyone else, and then ourselves? Seem like it’s just making more work.
I think we were on the right track when we started talking about self-care. Collectively we all saw that the the external was beginning to drown the internal. The world was so demanding we felt our souls shrinking. So, we initiated the idea of self-care as way to protect the internal life. Somehow, though, the idea fell short.
The well of self-care was too shallow to restore our souls to the place we needed them to be. The track was right, but the destination was wrong.
So we labeled it selfish and tried to act like we didn’t need it, we do. Or we scrambled to redefine or refine what we meant. But the sheer fact is, trying to care of ourselves, ourselves isn’t really working.
We tried and we failed. So now? We try again.
Let’s reach for a deeper well, something outside of ourselves to fill and refresh us in both practical and profound ways. A well of Living Water.
Let’s acknowledge that we were each created and call in slightly different ways, so we will have to come to a personal Savior that will care for us in different ways.
Finally, at the end of this summer I asked. What Lord? How? Show me how you care for me when I have nothing left for myself.
Scripture Deep Dive: Deeper truth gives perspective to live beyond what we see.
Prayer & Meditation: Our very breath is a gift. It’s good to remember that.
Fasting: A reminder that it’s okay to say no. Even to good things.
Daily Gratitude: Thanks forces attention to the gifts given.
Daily Writing: Internalizes truth when it runs through the pen.
Photography: Practice of attention to the present.
Daily Walks: He gives life and breath to every living thing. Partake.
Nourishing Meals: Faith is manifested in the physical world. Care for it.
Well Planned Days: Puts our feet on the path we mean to walk.
Find a Workflow: Fulfilling purpose feed passion for the One Who planted it.
What would be on your soul care list? What practices help you to stay sane? Why?