Welcome to the first post of The Monthly Mindfulness Community Series!
We’re starting our series by focusing on the foundation from which we will build our exploration of mindfulness in various aspects of daily life. This foundation is self-care.
When we think about building a house, we know that it will soon fall down if the foundation isn’t solid. When we think about cultivating plants, we know that they will never thrive if we don’t tend to the roots.
The same goes for us as humans, right? Think about how much more likely it is to speak or act mindlessly- without really thinking- if you are run down, stressed, and frustrated. When our foundation is crumbling, everything that sits atop that foundation begins to crumble too.
This month, we are going to take a look at what self-care means to us, what it looks like for each of us, and how we incorporate it into daily life. We’ll work to make sure that our self-care is accessible to us daily, in a number of small practices throughout the day.
Take a look at our first prompt of the series. Feel free to use this prompt for journaling, thinking, discussion, or any other manner that serves you.
Consider trying the following exercises to help you tap into your instincts about what self-care means for you. I think this could be especially helpful if the prompt feels a little too vague for you.
When you take time out of your day for self-care, thank yourself afterwards. I began by using the phrase ‘Thank you for taking this time for you.’ After time, pay attention to whether more crops up in your mind to follow this statement. For example, I always thank myself after a yoga practice and after some time, without me trying to form this specific form of thanks, I realized I was telling myself ‘Thanks for taking this time to honor your one and only body and mind.’ From giving myself the opportunity to give thanks from a clear head space, I discovered, instinctively, what that part of my self-care practice meant to me. For me, this took time to become clear, but it started with the simple act of thanking myself for taking time for me.
Perhaps counter-intuitive, try giving up your self-care for a couple of days. This may help you realize which aspects are the most important, as well as what you feel is missing when you don’t have that self-care practice.
On a personal note, my month of refocusing and rebooting my self-care practice is starting after about 2 months of travel, and as I return home to the United States after being away for almost 2 and a half years. In fact, as you read this, I am on a plane home! I am so excited to be exploring this topic with a community. Whether you all are facing big changes, little changes, or staying steady in your day-to-day, I believe this is one of the most important elements in moving toward a more mindful life.
Community members, you all should have received a Welcome email from me with our themes for the year, and the first February email, which includes a self-care accountability tool that I love! If you haven’t seen these, please let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you add that email to your contacts to avoid the messages going to junk mail, and request to join the Happily Here Monthly Mindfulness Community group on Facebook as we start discussions!
This month, community members can look forward to receiving a self-care accountability tool from me, a link to one of my favorite podcast episodes on this theme, and more!
Join this interactive, peer-based, learning community to receive a weekly prompt and additional resources from me, as well as have access to community discussions around our prompts and themes.
The Monthly Mindfulness Community Series is a blog series, as well as an interactive, peer-based learning community, centered around mindfulness in various aspects of our daily life. Click here for more details about this series.