We’ve all heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is much easier to prevent any illness by not allowing it to take root, than once symptoms have, like a tree, taken root and borne fruit. We have addressed some preventive tips in previous classes, and this class will overview the basics. Optimal balance is different for everyone, though there are basic things to do that can be adapted specifically for you. At any stage of imbalance, from prevention to full-fledged illness, treatment is more effective the more specifically individualized it is. Underlying all of the specifics, the most important thing is to make time for self-care!
Most people have been brought up with the notion that we are supposed to take care of others before taking care of ourselves. One of the worst insults to give many people is calling someone selfish, always thinking of themselves before others. An important distinction to make here is the difference between self with a little ‘s’ and Self with a capital ‘S.’ Self with a capital ‘S’ is when we are making choices in alignment with our highest potential or purpose, self with a little ‘s’ has experienced separation from Self, and grasps for things outside to fill the emptiness inside. Only from a place of separation does one experience the “lack” mentality, thus develop addictive tendencies, and never feel full, because they are feeding a bottomless pit. Potential employers, lovers and friends who may not have your best interests in mind, and be more like vampires will be attracted to one in this state.
You may have heard you can’t love anyone else if you don’t love yourself. Or that you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself. If you are prioritizing taking care of your Self, you don’t feel like grasping for outside substances or behaviors, and you have extra energy and empathy to be present for, and attune to others. Once one has experienced a state of nourishment and fulfillment, the natural state is to want to give back. Potential employers, lovers and friends who will actually be good to and for you will be attracted to you when you are in this state.
So, how does one step into and maintain this connection with purpose and our highest potential? It starts with a breath! Most of these routines would ideally be adapted for each person individually, based on your mind-body constitution, your particular imbalances/ history, the season, climate, and other current life circumstances. And in general, making one change that sticks is better* than making all these changes quickly and quitting them just as quickly. Ideally, start with making one change that is easiest to make, and integrate it into your life over a period of a week or two. Then pick the next one, and so on. Generally, it takes time and outside support to integrate lasting changes. Otherwise, this paper will sit on a stack of other papers, and perhaps get lost in the whirlwind of your life and others’ needs. So if this resonates, put it on your fridge and give yourself a timeline, marking the next step on your calendar, schedule reminders on your phone, and just practice finding a regular time to practice each step. Regularity is key to remembering. And when you encounter challenges, call a friend from class today, call or text me and if I’m available, we’ll help you find a way through!
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