Self Care Is So Important

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Self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and others. Refilling your container so that you are able to give back and support those who are in need of your help. We cannot be happy and content if we don’t nurture the body, mind and soul. How do you take care of yourself in this busy world? As summer begins to wind down, do you have any goals or plans for the upcoming year? Often it can start with a simple plan to eat healthy and exercise more. Or maybe there is something you are seeking to learn. What would give you joy and happiness?

Maybe waking up early and having quiet time for yourself to meditate, pray and sit in silence. Many of my neighbors go to church or the temple and seem to find peace and serenity with their faith. They are more at ease and seem to be happy. As I write this column, I am sitting on my porch, listening to the birds, watching the children ride by on their bicycles and witnessing how blessed we are to live here.

Finding time to just sit and observe. Self-care today is going to a Shred class at Crom to strengthen my body and mind, then teaching my gentle yoga class at Ocean Bliss Yoga with a room full of beautiful students. My life is simple yet fulfilling. I am a student for life and never seem to stop learning. Most importantly, I know that less is more. Finding time to be with the ones I love and not going to every party.

Massage is another great way to relieve stress and care for your body and mind. To release, let go and start fresh. Our body tends to hold on to trauma and pain. We often search for the answers of why our body feels so raw and tender and the truth is emotions play a strong role in lodging injury within us. I have found many ways to release these blocks and free up the energy in the body. When your body feels good, your mind will follow. It’s hard to be happy when you have pain in your body. My heart goes out to those who are in constant discomfort. Perhaps you could try some of the many healing modalities we have available here in Rockaway. Acupuncture, massage, yoga, movement, meditation, and prayer. Self-care is being aware of what your body and mind needs on a daily basis. Don’t wait until you are broken but rather begin a self-care practice on a daily basis.

“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life....Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything, so learn to be glad and contented....Have happiness now.”  

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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