LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF WITH INTENTION
Self-care is not selfish. It's preventative mental health. Making a commitment to self-care rituals will improve your physical health; mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing; enhance the quality of your relationships; and increase your vitality and zest for life.
I hope the ideas shared here provide some self-care rituals that bring meaning and enhanced wellbeing into your life. .
MEDITATION | YOGA | NATURE | READING | BATHING | REST | CRAFT |
ART | DANCE | TEA RITUALS
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Meditation that's powerful and easy to do
We all know how good it would be if we meditated, we're well aware of the transformative power that lies in regular meditation for enhanced wellbeing and positive mental health. Maybe however, you're like me, and you've struggled to find a form of meditation that feels easy to do, you feel confident you're 'doing right' and that you actually stick to.
As someone with a very busy mind and fidgety, wriggly body, I have certainly found it challenging. Many styles help me deeply relax certainly, but none have made me feel quite so deeply still, connected and inspired to practice regularly as Ajapa Japa with Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati.
If this sounds like you, do check out the link below to Ajapa Japa meditation facilitated by the wonderful Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati. This has become my 'go to' both personally and with many of my clients who sincerely want to meditate but have not yet found one they commit to.
Whether this particular form is right for you, or not, please do look for a form that fits your needs. Regular practice is so calming for the mind and body, and helps you reconnect to your innate inner strengths and resilience.
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Make time to Read
Reading provides a wonderful opportunity to be still. To enjoy being alone. To experience peace.. To inform and educate or escape into a wonderful narrative.
I am often asked by clients what I'm reading. It is my go-to downtime activity and there is a never ending array of options available to us. Below are some of my personal favourites.
Mating in Captivity Esther Perel, 2007
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton, 2016
Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships, Arielle Ford, 2012
The Dance of Intimacy, Harriet Lerner, 1989
The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, Elaine Aron, 2000
The State of Affairs, Esther Perel, 2017
Oneness and Separateness, Louise J. Kaplan, 1978
- Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel J. Siegel, 2013
The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance, Polly Young-Eisendrath, 2009
Self-reflection & healing
The Courage to be Disliked: The Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness, Ichiro Kishimi, 2017
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain, 2013
Breathe! You Are Alive, Thich Nhat Hanh, 1988
Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond, Ajahn Brahm, 2006
The Confidence Gap, Russ Harris, 2015
To another place
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant, 1997
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden, 1997
Room, Emma Donoghue, 2010