It is frustrating and sometimes downright painful to be in an environment that isn’t nurturing your soul and you are there “for the money, for the grades, for the image or status, etc.” Under these circumstances, joy can fall far down your priority list and eventually transform into irritability, tiredness, resentment, lowered self-esteem, physical aches and pain in the body or even depression.
Is this your story?
Is your soul longing to do something creative, meaningful, exciting, and good in the world but you don’t know what IT is?
Embrace this longing as a wakeup call. Your soul simply wants to get your attention and move you toward your next step in life so you can learn more, grow more, be more.
Are you feeling this longing and are ready to act on it but don’t know where to start?
Twelve years ago, I was working as a corporate sales executive in the pharmaceutical industry travelling and making great income for my family. I enjoyed my job yet I lacked knowledge about heart-centered self-care (i.e. not just bodily self-care but self care for my soul) and thus became irritable, tired, and resentful, my self-esteem started deteriorating, and I experienced aches and pains in my physical body. I longed to escape, learn how to take better care of my inner self while still making money loving what I do and having an opportunity to spend more time with my husband and 3 daughters. I did just that and now I’ve learned how to take care of not only my outer body but also my inner self, my heart, my soul so that I can handle anything life throws my way. My passion is to help other women and our younger generations of females do the same.
Here are some tips for initiating a heart-centered soul inspiring self-care plan and creating a lifestyle that supports inner joy – your heart and soul’s emotional and spiritual well-being:
1) Believe that change from the inside out is possible: a mustard seed of faith supports us to go beyond that which the physical eyes can see.
2) Acknowledge the ‘internal’ call: our heart speaks to us through emotions and feelings. If we suppress, ignore, or deny them, we shut out messages and insight about ourselves from deeper and broader perspectives.
3) Get still: staying busy all of the time sets us up to miss the messages from our heart.
4) Practice: a daily heart-centered practice helps us carve out time in our schedules so we can hear the subtle messages from the heart.
5) Listen: our heart enjoys attention and time spent focusing on it so we can open access and experience an intimate relationship dancing between our body, mind and emotions.
6) Build inner trust: as we spend more heart-focused time with ourselves, suppressed information and new ideas become available in our thoughts.
7) Act: as clarity is received, take inspired action on the information received during heart-centered practice. This leads to lifestyle changes.
My heart-centered soul inspiring self-care plan has developed through the daily practice of heart rhythm meditation. This lifestyle commitment helps me gain clarity, accomplish more, manage stress, work through the ups and downs of life, optimize health when I’m experiencing low emotional states, naturally energize my body through self-regulation, and be a better mom and partner in all of my relationships.
Starting a heart-centered soul inspiring self-care plan is less about “self-care solely based on external perspectives” and more about “self-care practices emerging from the heart and soul.” I hear from coaching clients and audience participants that they’ve been spending years trying to start and stick with self-care plans that sustain them. They usually start, stop, or change plans in hopes the next one will fill the void. It doesn’t. And the pattern repeats until you discover the secret and do what is required for a sustainable self-care regimen.
That’s why, as important as jogging, getting massages, and hanging out with our friends are to our self-care – what matters more is our heart’s guidance, our soul’s direction, that part of us that just knows what is correct for our unique needs.
Spend time doing daily heart-centered practices that you love and help you nurture your soul. When you spend more time there, you can handle anything life throws your way.