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To live in harmony is to live in peace.
As much as it’s important for humans to live together in perfect peace, it’s also important for all humans to live in peace within themselves.
So ladies and gentlemen: in this post, I present to you the self series.
Self-Care. Self-Love. Self-Soul.
Although these three self types perform different functions within you, all three need to be in perfect harmony to fulfill you.
To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. – Jill Bolte Taylor
I really want to take some time to understand the different layers that make us who we are in this human experience.
Have you ever dared to think about how well you’re taking care of your mind, body, and heart? The things you do to each part; does it have a positive or negative impact on your overall wellbeing?
How about the nourishment of your soul? Apart from the body and the heart, do you know that this needs to be cared for as well? It’s never too late to start being aware of all the different elements that play a crucial role in the essence of being human.
As I explore my perspective on the importance of self-care, self-love, and self-soul, I hope it will be received with openness and love.
*I am not a doctor, life coach, or healthcare professional. My blog posts are just my opinions and the results of things that either worked for me or didn’t. I am just passionate about sharing my experiences and providing tips on self-care and personal development.
It all starts here. Taking the time to feel good in your skin.
As you dig a little deeper into the meaning of self-care, you will find that it entails so much more than what this post will cover.
Right now, I’m shining a light on taking care of yourself in the body that you see. This means having proper hygiene like brushing your teeth or taking daily baths, eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables; staying away from harmful drugs, alcoholic drinks, and anything that can hurt your inner and outer body. Also, exercising regularly and catching up with good friends and family can also be beneficial to your self-care lifestyle.
Don’t take your health for granted. Don’t take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised. – Jada Pinkett Smith
Currently, on the blog, I’m uncovering different types of self-care practices that have to do with the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of people.
For more of a deeper reflection on self-care, click here: 33 Best Self-Care Practices for Your Mind, Body & Soul
Now this here is a journey. Rather, a life long journey.
I’m still learning how to love myself deeply in the right way.
So far, this means telling myself kind things and not criticizing myself all the time. Finding features that I like about myself whenever I look in the mirror. Dressing up for the gawds and getting my face beat — just for me and nobody else. Starting my day off with positive affirmations and going to bed with 3 things in mind that I like about myself.
It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. – Mandy Hale
Self-love is truly just all about learning to love yourself unapologetically.
Stay away from negative affirmations and people who want to put in their mini, little two-cents about how you should be or look in this world. I find that when people do that, they’re reflecting something about themselves that they don’t like and they only want that negativity to spread around so they don’t feel alone in their misery.
Cause misery sure loves company.
Well, you know what, your job is to swerve that negative energy like Serena Williams swerving a tennis ball in a Wimbledon championship game.
You don’t have to take it, nor do you have to respond back to things like that. Your goal should be falling so deeply in love with yourself that no matter what anybody says or do, their words can never shift the perspective you have on yourself — in any way. Your love for yourself should be unwavering.
Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
One good self-love practice is to check in with your heart every night. Acknowledge your emotional feelings about how you felt during the day and figure out how to better improve upon or move away from negative feelings.
Life is too short to be at war with who you are on the inside and out. To really love yourself is to ignore all outside noise of what anyone thinks or feel about you. It’s really up to you on how you truly accept yourself, be yourself, empower yourself, and love yourself.
Learn how to empower yourself with these positive affirmations here: 2 Powerful Words That’ll Change Your Life
This part right here is deep. It’s really deep. Actually, it’s the core essence of who you are.
It’s the part that people cannot see, not even you. But, you can surely feel it if you let yourself.
Caring for your soul’s essence means to tend to, nurture, correct, guide, and renew that inner being so that you can be fulfilled with the proper nourishment that’s needed. This can be done through acts of meditation, visualization, oracle readings, and prayer.
Now soul-care to me is not so much religious, but spiritual.
Religion is a social-cultural system of faith and worship, whereas spiritual is relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul.
Although you cannot dress your soul up in religious doctrines or human laws, you can use religion as a guide to help your soul connect to a much higher power, God.
That’s why some say we fight not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual things.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12 KJV
Personally, I don’t take talks of ghosts, angels, demons, and other spiritual things lightly because that part of the human experience can definitely freak out the unseen eye.
Though I’ve never seen spiritual beings in the flesh, I can definitely feel spiritual things through meditations, prayers, and worship music.
On his Make Room album, artist Jonathan McReynolds sings about self-reflecting and not worrying about all of the brokenness and doubts that we feel in this world because we can trust that the lover of our soul will take care of it all for us. Though we cannot see the lover of our soul, the trust that we feel is more than enough.
Whenever I listen to positive music like this, I can sometimes feel my soul getting well-fed and nourished from within.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. -Jean Shinoda Bolen
Moreover, it is very important to take care of your soul from within. This is what remains after the rest of you leaves this earth. Dare I say that the unseen self may be one of the most important parts of your entire human journey on this earth, so guard it with your life.
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Now, Let’s Discuss:
What steps are you taking to fulfill your human self-journey?
Which part of your self-journey could use more work in bettering?
Let me know down in the comments below.