Sunday, November 13, 2011
Self Care: Make the Time!
I was remembering when I worked in San Diego for a non-profit law office taking in the stories of immigrant women survivors of domestic violence - literally translating their stories of abuse as part of their legal case to get their immigration papers in order without the help of their citizen abuser husbands and it weighed terribly on my heart. So I had to take a permanent reprieve from working day in and day out with that sort of trauma. It is very easy to make other people's stories and stress feel like our own, especially when we care deeply for them. There is a way to keep our energy from being drained - self-care! We also can work on grounding ourselves through deep breathing, meditation and imagining a protective energy around us when we know we are going to be interacting with people going through a very hard time or for those people who work with trama survivors or who are in very difficult situations.
There is always going to be something to do, someone to help or somewhere to go - and we should do it as our lives and time permits. Supporting those around us and in our community can serve us at a deep, core level where our heart, mind and souls meet. BUT, if we are running on empty, then we are no good to anyone.
Please, please, please let us vow to take time to calm our minds, release all heavy energy from our heart, focus on some simple beauties in life like the sunset, a beautiful flower, an autumn breeze, relax in our own way and refuel ourselves so that we can continue on our life path and be support for those around us!
Breathe. Smile. Release. Rejoice. Rejuvenate!
The photo for this post if from Elwood W McCay's profile on Free Digital Photos.