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Narina Riskowitz, Owner, Holistic Trainer, Coach & Therapist, I assist clients to achieve transformation in emotional, physical & mental well-being; & spiritual growth.

Self Care is Pro-active Health Care

– Your body is crying out for it

Self Care has recently been emphasised in the Transformational circles as a key practice. We are experiencing change in daily life at such a rapid speed. Self care is an empowering practice and has become more important than ever before. Self care is not a luxury that we attend to in spare moments. It is an essential practice for your wellbeing. Self care is a pro-active investment in your health. There is so much that you can do for yourself. This month’s blog explores what Self Care means and suggests 7 Practical Self Care Practices.

Why Self Care?

In our everyday fast paced life we can experience extremes of busyness, emotional upsets, disturbing news from all over the world and high demands on our time, all adding to keep us in stress mode for way too long. Electronic connectivity means we’re always at hand and the work-life balance becomes blurred. This often goes hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles – spending too much time indoors, eating fast foods and processed foods and talking with people only on the other side of our gadgets. 

When we become unwell we go to the doctor for medication, handing all our power and responsibility for our own health over to the doctor. Sometimes all it needs is to restore the balance ourselves and only you can do that. We are all going through a healing process at the moment – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For some, the healing process can be quite intense, with more than one area of their lives feeling challenged – relationships, finance, work, home, health, etc. Inevitably it is part of your growth and evolution process so it is best to embrace it and take care of yourself as you flow through the process. It’s only through self care that you can anchor in and integrate the growth in consciousness that we are experiencing in intense waves in this transitional time we live in currently. 

What Does Self Care Mean?

Self care means giving ourselves a break, spending time with ourselves and bringing much needed care, nurture and relaxation to ourselves. It can mean many different things to different people. We don’t all have the same self care needs. For some it may be doing yoga and keeping a gratitude journal. For others it may be dancing, painting or a walk on the beach. Your own self care needs may vary from time to time. Sometimes all you want is peace and quiet. Other days you may want to reconnect with a friend. It means giving yourself breathing space; time to reflect. It means calming the nervous system so that you can exit the stress mode and enter the rest, digest and relax mode of being. It means attending to the whole of you: mind, body, emotions and soul. It means taking care of your state of health and energy levels proactively.

How Practically Can I Practice Self Care?

Relaxation

Listen to music, have nap, a massage, a salt bath, read a book or simply daydream. Say no to some of those demands on your time and energy. Disconnect from technology – at least for a while. Use technology and social media sparingly and strategically as it can be a real energy drain. Your mind can get overloaded, your emotions impacted and your energy scattered. Only you can manage your own time and energy resources. 

Stillness

Take some quiet time alone to rest, meditate and contemplate. Enjoy stillness and bring some calm to your nervous system. In stillness you can tune into your intuition and open up to your inner guidance – a precious gift.

Movement 

Your body needs gentle movement to release tension. Engage in peace enhancing activities such as yoga, tai-chi or a walk in a green space. Do something playful or spend some time near water such as a lake, river or the ocean, to recharge your batteries.  

Reconnect

  • Reconnect with yourself. Do something that YOU enjoy. Self care means coming home to yourself. This simple practice is essential for your own sense of wholeness. 
  • Reconnect with nature. A daily venture outside will clear the mind and revive the spirit. 
  • Reconnect with the present moment. Life can only be truly lived in the moment. All your senses come alive as the thoughts disappear. 

Creativity

Cook a nourishing meal, garden, paint, enjoy your favourite hobby or learn a new skill. 

Expansion 

Engage in uplifting experiences like watching a beautiful film, a play or a musical. Learn something new or sign up for that course that interests you. Travel somewhere new. Travelling expands the mind, uplifts the spirit and opens you up to a broader, richer spectrum of life. 

Compassion

Stop being hard on yourself. Stop any judgement or criticism about yourself and bring compassion to yourself. Change the critical voice to a compassionate voice. Reflect on your experiences compassionately, retain the wisdom and ditch the judgement. Keep your thoughts and speech about yourself positive to empower and strengthen your body, your mind and your life. Love and forgive yourself, always. 

Pro-active Health

We can take good health for granted, assuming the body will just keep going. Self-care is a pro-active investment in your own health. We are responsible, first and foremost, for our own wellness. Our lifestyle choices regarding food, drink, habits, medication, physical activity, stress-management and leisure activity are primarily under our own control. We have considerable personal power to create the life and wellness we want. For inspiration here are 7 Ways to Boost Your Own Well-being. 

The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal. Energy work is a great way to restore and renew yourself. Make these easy, yet powerful 7 Essential Energy Practices to Ensure Good Health your daily ritual for your proactive health. 

What Practically Can You Do Right Now? 

Listen to a meditation:

Here’s a choice of Guided Transformational Meditations to choose from. The meditations are called transformational as they are very powerful and designed to bring about healing and advance your growth and evolution.

Read a book:

The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

The 22 (non-negotiable) Laws of Wellness by Greg Anderson

Lifting the Veils of Illusion, 7 Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life

In the News

The link between diet and mental health

What Next? 

Join our next Meditation Course, Lifting the Veils of Illusion, starting 11th September, designed to facilitate your progression. Essentially the meditations are healing and transformational. We lift the veils of illusion, peek into the unseen, share ancient wisdom and consult ground-breaking science, enabling you to see the world in a whole new way. Give yourself that much needed space in stillness, time to heal and growth, to anchor in your process of expanded consciousness. Sign up here, there’s only a few places left. All details are on the Events Calendar. 

Cosmic Overview and Current Energies  

We are currently in the energy of new beginnings. The New Moon on Friday, August 30, 2019 is in practical earthy Virgo. So this is an excellent time for making a fresh start … read more.

7 Key Practices to Restoring Balance

The holiday season is a great time for restoring balance. A key life lesson for many of us is finding balance. With more and more demands placed on our time, our lives can feel out of balance. Your body will tell you that it’s time to stop and restore the balance or your health may take strain. What do we mean by finding balance? Some may think of ‘the balancing act to get things done’, or the ‘balancing act of spinning all those plates’ or ‘work-life balance’ or ‘all in good balance’. However, it’s more than that. Balance is really a matter of spiritual evolution. When we find the balance point of all our experiences (resisting nothing and chasing nothing), we find a gateway to freedom.

So how do we really find balance and why is it important?

Here I share 7 key practices to finding the balance point; the point of liberation and transformation into a new way of being, that I hope will inspire you to bring balance and well-being into your own life.

7 Key Practices to Restoring Balance

Balancing Doing with Being

The classic Yin Yang balance; balancing action, activity and business with rest, recuperation, sleep and nurturing. This is where we often get things out of balance, work pressure and family responsibilities being the main culprits. All disease is imbalance. Your body can tell you when you get out of balance, by creating stiffness, aches and pains, often on one side more than the other, indicating a classic yin/yang imbalance in the body. We just have to tune in, feel and listen. All this doing needs to be balanced with just being – enjoying life. Meditation as a regular practice can be a trusted friend here. Meditation is a treat, not a chore – a practice of non-doing, of un-doing, of just being – a practice aimed at restoring balance.

Balancing Giving with Receiving

Why does it seem easier to give than to receive? Could you allow yourself to receive? Receiving without an ‘Ah you shouldn’t have…’. Receiving graciously with just a ‘Thank you’, allowing others the pleasure of doing something for you. Balancing the give-and-take in relationships, between what’s good for us personally and what’s good for the needs of those we care about, is an essential fine art and one you owe to yourself.

Balancing Others with Self

Many of us have been raised with the idea of putting other people first yet its a misconception that is misunderstood and mis-practised. When you feel duty-bound to do more for others or want to please others at the expense of yourself, you can create energetic imbalances which can leave you feeling resentful and drained. No one is more important than anyone else, as we are all equal in value. Caroline Myss (1997), in her discussion of healthy self-esteem, refers to two spiritual laws: ‘honouring one another’ and ‘honouring oneself’. These two laws are equal in importance and we are to balance how we practice and apply them. Through the practice of balance, we assert healthy boundaries.

Balancing Past and Future with the Present Moment

We create anxiety and stress through fear-based thoughts – regretting past events and thinking too far ahead, anticipating undesired future outcomes. When we come into the present moment, release takes place. Here nothing needs to be achieved or controlled. The present moment is completely free from stress. Here we can open up to the joy of life, it is also expansive, and time stands still. In the present, you can just be, flow and create.

Balancing Planning with Flowing

Planning serves its purpose, and it’s good to plan your day and scan your week ahead. Set your intentions and then let go of the importance of it. It’s a strange paradox, yet it keeps any self-investment out of it. Set your aim and then flow with the river of life and as much as we may want to pursue our own agendas, and sometimes it’s very important to do so, equally if we stay mindful of the bigger picture this can help us to find a good balance. Flowing opens us up to our inner guidance and life’s surprising synchronicities through which things fall in place in magical ways.

Balancing Head with Heart

Practically all inner conflict is a conflict between the head and heart; being in two minds about what to do and what’s important to us. Too often we overthink things whilst dismissing that wise intuitive inner voice only to regret it later. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? So, the ultimate balancing act is balancing the logical thinking head with the intuitive heart; the analytical conscious mind with the creative, emotional unconscious mind; the controlling ego self with the comfortable and ever-expansive true self. This integration brings the minds into oneness, wholeness and peace. Then the minds can work together in synergy, harmony and balance. This is true healing; the healing that brings transformation and enlightenment.

Balancing Heaven with Earth

In the body, the lower Chakras are more Yin, feminine and earthy and are about our grounding, our connection with the Earth, our physical and emotional health. The higher Chakras are more Yang, masculine and heavenly; being about the mind, the higher mind and spirit. Regardless of our gender, we each have both yin and yang energies in us and our life lesson is to bring them into balance inside of us. The Heart Chakra is the midway point, the natural place of balance and harmony. The heart connects and unites heaven and earth in the body. The heart is the gateway. When we slip into this balance-point and reside more in the heart, a gateway opens; a gateway to a more magical life where things flow and work out miraculously and you are liberated to evolve more into your expansive, magnificent and infinitely creative true self.

When we are in balance within ourselves we embody the knowledge of the universe, and we can expand beyond measure. 

Karma is about Balanced Experience 

Karma is the result of the duality that we experience in the 3-dimensional world where we learn through opposites – through struggles, tests and challenges. As we move into unity consciousness, we move beyond duality and learning through karma. When we integrate all opposites in us and bring ourselves into harmony and balance (something that is entirely possible now as it’s part of the shift we’re making), we can finally move beyond the wheel of karma. Then we are free to open up to the joy of life and learn through curiosity, creativity, love and positive experiences. The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life, expands on this theme as an essential purpose of this current life on Earth during this time of a shift into a new way of being.

Resources

A new series of Meditation Courses starting 11th September – Full details are in the Events Calendar. Book your space now.

Guided Meditation:  Meditation to Shift into the Heart

Guided Meditation: Chakra Balancing Meditation 

The Book: The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life

New: Current Cosmic Energies – an astrological overview