Self Care Saturday

by blogasana on February 13, 2010

Because I’ve been talking about self care since my October Cure Challenge. And it’s my Word for the Year. And it helps to have some accountability. Each Saturday will share my latest self care indulgence—a recipe, a practice, an indulgence, a ritual… who knows! I’d love to hear about your favs too. Let’s take care of ourselves first so we can take care of each other better.

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Another gem from Havi.

This is my interpretation of a morning ritual she briefly mentioned at the Destuckification Retreat. Sounded like it came from Hiro.

  • Sit – a few quiet moments to ground, feel, reflect
  • Call upon 2-3 qualities that you’d like to cultivate during your day
  • Feel those qualities in your emotional and physical bodies
  • Light a candle (cue the Eternal Flame music)
  • Light some incense (this is my favorite part) and walk around the house fairy dusting the corners of each room with the incense and vibes of your words (I like to say them out loud)
  • Douse the incense and sit again for a few minutes

This has helped me make a new morning pattern to replace the unwanted previous pattern.

It also creates this amazing good-vibe container for the rest of the day. And to feel the qualities makes them real.

I’m convinced that this technique saved me from catching the Mo Fo of all flues that was bouncing around our household this week. First the teen, then Bubby.¬†Each morning I included words like health, wellness, and wholeness. (On the worst day I tripled up and used them all. The best medicine.)

Ahhh. For today we have joy, spaciousness, and wellness.

Feels soooo good.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

elizabeth February 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I like the idea of incense, but am not entirely sure how it all works. Or smudging. (Are they the same thing?)

Maybe I’ll experiment with that next week, minus the incense part.

Very glad you escaped the dreaded flu though!

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Madeline February 14, 2010 at 1:56 am

I like your simple list for a morning ritual. This is something I could do. Must start immediately. This is simplistic enough, yet has the depth my soul needs, to do daily.

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Teacher Goes Back to School February 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I’m glad you’ve got something to replace previous teather habit. It’s so much easier to give up one thing for another rather than just denying the first.

Here’s to new habits!

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blogasana February 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

@ elizabeth – i think smudging is more formal and uses a dried herb like sage, but the process/intention is the same. maybe you could use spray or a wave of your magic hand instead!
@ madeline – simple = the only way to go! hope you find a way it works for you.
@ tami – yay for new habits. havi kept telling us that the only thing that gets you out of a yucky pattern is a new pattern. guess there’s no escape.

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Kate DuBois February 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

Blogasana, I just found you and already I’m relaxed. Thanks for your commitment and rituals.

I love using inspiring words as a morning ritual. You and Havi are on the same page with an author I’ve run across Thomas Wakefield. In his book “The Objective is Happiness,” he shares that adding the words “I am…” before each quality and as you mention, “feeling” the words in your emotions and body really make a difference in your attitude and outcomes.

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