Self care… deepening in self love
Buddha said: “You can search throughout the entire Universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe deserve your love and affection.”
When we set goals for ourselves, we’re often telling ourselves subconsciously that we’re not quite good enough just as we are. Instead, take time to reconnect with yourself and nurture what’s important to you. Here are some simple ideas to help with this.
Create space to flourish
We all know that when we take time for ourselves to do the things that we love – activities that help us unwind and rejuvenate – it helps us heal, creates reserves of energy and cultivates peace. Although ‘time for me’ very easily gets eaten up by other commitments, there are ways to make ‘me time’ a reality and priority:
- What do you enjoy doing – if you have five minutes or no weekend plans, what would you like to do that makes you feel relaxed and happy? Then get out there and do it!
- Create a daily ritual for yourself – meditation, short walking in nature, bubble bath or breathing in the sunset – these are the moments that matter.
- Say yes a little less – saying yes can feel exhilarating, except when you never say no and everything piles up. Saying yes a little less can help simplify your life and allow more time for you.
Nurture loving relationships
Strong healthy connections with other people provide us with joy and love and cultivate a deeper sense of both physical and spiritual wellbeing. A deep belly laugh, a heart-felt hug, a shoulder to cry on, a loving connection: these supportive relationships can be the foundations that help us realise and fulfil our full potential.
Reconnect with yourself
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda teaches us that listening to our body is a key to creating harmony, health and happiness in daily life. Although we’re all unique and there are as many constitutions as there are people, Ayurveda divides us into three main constitutional types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha (otherwise known as dosha). Knowing your dosha, you’ll be able to explore what helps you thrive, offering insight into your wellbeing and informing the choices that you make each day.
Create a joyful life from intuition
Following a path in life that is guided by your own intuition can teach you important things that no-one else can. That ‘inner voice’ that just knows, can help alert us to people and situations in life we find fulfilling. It can be difficult, but by giving space to your minds inner critic and taking time to listen to the Heart, you’ll be amazed by the realisations you’ll have.
Achieving these small steps each day will help bring positivity, clarity and confidence in the direction you are growing. Remember that this is about you reconnecting with yourself; take time to do what makes you feel vibrant and alive!
Spiritual Counsellor / Teacher / Nutritionist