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Self-care

It’s obvious:

“Look after yourself.”

But we’re almost predisposed to make it as hard as possible for ourselves, as if it’s a test, a way to prove our metal.

(Sometimes it’s a way to avoid life…!)

If this sounds a little macho then I apologise but why is it that we don’t say “No” more often to the demands of life — largely, I’m afraid to say, self-induced — that bend us out of shape?

We want to get on?
There’s a moral order we can’t escape?
We’ve no choice?

I don’t know.

I do know that taking care of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing requires immense discipline — or at least for me. It’s not that I’m lazy or indifferent but too often I’ve fallen into a shabby-clothed routine that, when I’ve finally woken from my narcissistic torpor, takes me quite a while to unravel my state of unbeingness.

I realise that none of what I’m saying is revelatory but perhaps we need a formal practice or at least a regular check-in to invite a question into the very depths of our soul that allows a space for us to be honest, transparent and to cut ourselves some slack from the vicissitudes of life.

Again, I’m not sure.

If it was that easy then I wouldn’t continue to bear witness to a litany of behaviour where, by and large, there’s a cacophony of voices that militate or are antithetical to the notion of self-care; and far from me to exhort anything, but just once in a while perhaps we need a gentle, loving reminder that we’re all flesh and blood and not an artificially (un)intelligenced machine.

Anyhow, it’s Friday.

Phew.

It’s a shortish day for me and I’d like to go to the beach if I get a chance. Don’t ask me why but I feel a need to feel the sea mist gather around me and allow my mind to wander around the enormity of nature and all that she offers.

Take care of yourself.

Blessings,

Ju.


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