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Self-care is a practice that requires self-discipline. If you’re in the habit of putting everyone else first, this kind of self-love may feel uncomfortable. Taking good care of yourself is the foundation for building a happy, fulfilling life.
“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” ~ Unknown
Engaging in a self-care practice begins with commitment. When you commit to something or someone you're more likely to follow through. You may have to say no to other demands on your time to keep your self-care commitment a top priority. Start by finding a tranquil place in nature where you can just be and replenish yourself.
Your body thrives on movement and exercise. It takes self-discipline to maintain a routine that develops strength, flexibility and endurance while staying balanced with proper rest, relaxation and sleep. A practice is something you cultivate over time so be...
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The pinecone represents enlightenment. The four pathways to becoming enlightened are as close as your body, mind, heart and spirit. Focus on maintaining a healthy body so you'll have a reliable vehicle for your journey.
True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one's own self being fully realized.
~ Dalai Lama
Your body is one pathway to enlightenment. Every message it gives you is a sign that points you in the right direction. If you ignore your body's signals you may end up taking a detour to your soul's destination.
Create a passion project for your body. Decide what you feel passionate about when it comes to health and fitness. Use your passion to fuel a project that will take you on the physical pathway to enlightenment.
Acceptance of your body just the way it is can lead to enlightenment. Your ego is in the habit of finding fault, and its limited perspective will take you in the wrong direction. Love your body and give it the...
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Being fully engaged in the present is liberating. Mindfulness switches your brain from autopilot to full sensory childlike wonder. This shift in consciousness frees you to live in the eternal moment of now.
Declare “I Am Being Mindful” and consider this quote: “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Being mindful includes observing yourself without any judgment. When you see yourself from your soul’s perspective you will allow thoughts to come and go, emotions to rise and fall away, and you’ll calmly respond to what’s happening rather than react mindlessly.
Mindlessness causes stress and anxiety. This happens when the mind is jumping around from the past to the future; not paying attention to the what’s going on in the present. Develop mindfulness and you’ll turn off the stress response, activate the relaxation response, and return to...
When you meet high challenges with high skills, you enter a state of flow. This is where time stands still through the power of full engagement. You’re focused, you know what to do, you have the skills to do it, and you feel happy.
Declare “I Am Entering a Flow State” and reflect on this quote: “To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.” – Bertrand Russell
To challenge yourself physically, set a goal that matches your skills. While fully engaged in the challenge you will hit your peak performance state when you merge with the experience, lose yourself, everything feels right, and moving your body becomes effortless.
Engage in a creative task that requires your intense focus, clarity, and concentration. In this case the task is intrinsically rewarding. You will be creating for the pure joy of creating something new.
Being in a flow state raises productivity and creativity. It means setting...
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