© Allef Vinicius
We are conditioned to believe we are selfish when we follow our desires. This is far from the truth.
If you haven’t considered your desires and needs in the past it is definitely time now. Why now you may ask? As the storm of last year subsides, and as you sail on — on uncharted waters, into new territories – it is important to reflect and ask yourself: What do I need right now? What gives me joy?
Your needs have most likely changed as you have changed given what we all went through during the past 18 months. There is nothing selfish about acknowledging your needs.
On the contrary, paying attention to your needs is an essential aspect of any self-care and self-love. It will give you much needed stability and strength as you venture out into the post-pandemic world. Your emotional body seeks inner stability and self-care will give you that anchor.
In my case I longed to give my body extra attention which led me to explore different types of body treatments, aware that they help me release emotions stored up during lockdown. And a recent dip into the warm Mediterranean Sea connected me to my inner child. We were swimming, diving, and playing together like a teenager. This allowed me to experience a new sense of inner freedom. In the past I would have had many excuses. As I become more aware of my physical and emotional needs and the importance to express those, I give myself permission to – what I call – playtime!
I invite you to a brief yet powerful playtime exercise:
Pause for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Feel what you feel.
Ask yourself, ‘what brings me joy right now in this very moment?’ Is it resting, reading a good book, trying out a new hobby, meeting friends…?
Be curious as you listen to your inner self. We are all different. Honour your needs as an important gateway to self-acceptance. This will allow you to access new dimensions within yourself – full of peace, happiness, and joy. It is your anchor when the waters get rough.
Until next time!
From my heart to your heart,
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