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Wholeness Within: Embracing Balanced Self-Care

Natasha Brown

February 8, 2024

woman holding hands up reflecting wholeness

Self-care has become a prominent topic in recent times, especially with the onset of the new year. Many of us grapple with the notion of self-care, often feeling a sense of inadequacy or being trapped by limitations such as time, resources, or personal beliefs. In this exploration of self-care, let’s delve into what it truly means and how it can contribute to our overall sense of wholeness.

What Self-Care Is and Is Not

Contrary to misconceptions, self-care is not inherently selfish. While it can veer into self-indulgence if not approached with intentionality, the essence of self-care lies in the belief that we are worthy of our time and that being our best selves is a gift not only to us but to those we care about. It is about finding a balance that aligns with our values and doesn’t sacrifice important aspects of our lives.

The Intentionality of Self-Care

Effective self-care goes beyond mere routines; it involves intentional actions that genuinely uplift our spirits. Often, we engage in self-care without recognizing it, but being deliberate about showing love and gratitude to ourselves can amplify its impact. Slowing down and reflecting on whether our self-care practices genuinely bring joy and rejuvenation is a crucial aspect of this journey.

Wholeness in Four Dimensions

To achieve true wholeness, it’s essential to be well-rounded in our self-care practices. Focusing on only one aspect is akin to attempting to sit on a one-legged stool. Physical self-care, often the first aspect that comes to mind, involves acknowledging and appreciating our body’s basic needs. This may range from breathing exercises to nourishing our bodies with healthy habits.

Spiritual self-care aligns us with our beliefs, offering a sense of hope and connection. It’s about nurturing our spiritual well-being, finding practices that resonate with our beliefs and values.

Mental and emotional self-care is equally vital. This dimension involves activities that empower us, provide clarity, or simply offer a break to our emotional and mental worlds. Journaling, connecting with others, or engaging in activities that bring joy fall under this category.

Embracing a Well-Rounded Approach

In a conversation with a friend, the analogy of sitting on a one-legged stool was extended to the idea that one could sit on a single leg if it were a sturdy tree stump. However, relying solely on one area, such as spiritual self-care, may hinder progress as it ties us to a specific point in our journey. Instead, I invite you to create a stool with multiple legs that you can carry with you—supporting your well-being no matter where you are.

Remembering the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, it’s crucial to be kind to your whole self. All truth is circumscribed into one great whole, and as the World Health Organization defines health in terms of body, mind, and spirit, our self-care practices should reflect this holistic perspective.

Conclusion

Achieving wholeness through self-care requires a balanced and intentional approach that encompasses physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional dimensions. By cultivating practices that honor our entire being, we create a stool of support that we can carry with us on our life’s journey. Let’s embark on this path of self-discovery and care, embracing the beauty of our multifaceted selves.

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