Do You Deeply Honor Yourself? 10 Ways To Deepen Your Self-Care

We all have different definitions of self-care, and these definitions evolve as we grow, and often, as we age. In our 20’s, self-care might mean a good trip to the spa, while in our 30’s it might mean a good talking to ourselves. What self-care means in your early days might contrast drastically from your 40’s, just as in your 40’s it may be very different from your elder years. This article is meant to be a guideline by which you can determine if your definition(s) of self-care is / are about a deep regard for yourself. And if they aren’t, how to deepen your rituals of caring for yourself so that you can tap wellbeing and resilience more impactfully. Your future self will love you for it.

Self-Care As A Divine Responsibility

While going to the spa is amazing!… fun, relaxing and luxurious (you don’t have to ask me twice), there is self-care that takes a deeper cut toward your wellbeing. This type of self-care is sacred and cuts to the heart of what it is to be truly good to yourself; and that cuts to the heart of what it is to be connected to yourself in a way that harmonizes your actions and brings you a deeper integrity of being.

10 Things to Consider as You Deepen Your Self-Care

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Do you find ways to manage your stress?    There are many ways to take on stress, and while getting a massage can feel incredible, a spa visit is not always an effective way to handle stress. Why? Because stress does not only live just in your muscles. Stress has its roots in your nervous system. You can’t massage stress from your nerves. So you must find deeper ways of reconnecting to your Parasympathetic nervous system, the system in your body responsible for the states of Rest & Digest.

The states of Rest & Digest are highly important to the optimal functioning of your body. When your Sympathetic nervous system is constantly in action preparing you for Fight or Flight, then you don’t have what your body needs to restore itself. Imagine if you were fighting a war constantly without eating and without sleeping, you body would fail from deprivation. The war would no longer be waged, because your body would give out. In your everyday life, your brain identifies danger and responds to it. It can be actual physical danger, but more often than not it’s the more sinister dangers of not getting that report in on time; of upsetting your boss, or your employees; of upsetting your already on-edge spouse or partner; of missing out with your family; of not paying that mortgage bill in time that trigger the brain into Fight or Flight response.

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Whatever your circumstances, your brain is trying to keep you safe from these eminent (and most sinister – lightness is necessary here) dangers. So if you a) are not sleeping well, b) have a busy mind, c) find yourself in different states of anxiety or depression, and/or d) have physical ailments that keep you from functioning optimally (or fully) in your daily life, look deeper into what can relieve your stress upon your nervous system because your body’s restoration to wellness depends on it. Meditation and mindfulness are great possibilities, and there are a multitude of modalities that can bring relief and peace. Find ones that suit you.

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Do you honor your body?   Do you take the proper time with your food to digest it? Do you take care to get the proper nutrition – even on the go? Do you get enough to eat? Or are you an overeater to numb yourself to bad feelings? Do you fog eat? Are you aware of what’s in your food? Do you eat mindfully? Do you honor your food as you eat with a prayer or a thought of appreciation? Do you think negative thoughts about food like “I really shouldn’t be eating this” or “this is bad for me?” Do you heed your body’s warnings?

If you don’t have answers for these questions, seek them out. You can get the answers from within yourself or from a health professional.

Your body is a temple.

If you don’t think so, consider how that kind of sacred regard for the one body you’ve got – the tool that carries you through this life and you cannot do without – could transform your health.

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Do you check in on your physical wellbeing on a regular basis?     Or just hope for the best? Or worse, do you say you don’t have the time to go to the doctor or get checkups? Not having enough time to check in on your own physical health is indicative of a denial of what’s important to your wellbeing.

You don’t have to identify with Western medicine or Eastern healing methods. You can participate in both or either. However, it is important to tune into your body and get whatever it needs to remain healthy. Self-imposed limits are just that – selfimposed limits. They are an opening for a new perspective, for insight, for a chance to change your behavior and begin to deepen your relationship with yourself thereby enhancing your self-care. Use this eye-opening moment as a pathway to your own well-being. If you haven’t seen a doctor in years and you ascribe to Western medicine, go see one now. It’s that simple.

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Do you think well-being is only about your physical body?    Wellbeing is not just about your physical body. It is about your whole being. Being well relates to your mind, your body and your spirit. Are you well? Are you concerned that you may not be? Or are you not concerned, but have an inkling you should be?

Do you hope for the best often? Or do you not think about it at all because… “you’re not sick, crazy, or anything else I might be implying!”

Mental illness has no prominent indicators. You have a high temperature with the Flu. Your nose is running with a cold. You have a rash and irritated skin with Eczema. What do you have with mental illness? Not often a lot. Unless you pay close attention to yourself. If you pay close attention, you can see patterns of behavior, pains that are recurring, bad feelings that accompany negative thoughts… there are indicators, they’re just more subtle.

Everyone can use a place to share their authentic fears, their confidences, their ups & downs, their anxieties, their safe harbors and the breaches of those safe harbors. While sharing all of this with someone you are familiar with can lead to a new level of intimacy, it can also subject you to their opinions and judgments and their personal preferences – they’re human.

A therapist, or other mental health professional, however has expertise to offer objectively from years of education. Have you ever thought of seeing a therapist? If you have but you’re afraid someone you know will find out and judge you, there are apps for that. There are a number of celebrities who are being outspoken about their mental health challenges. There are multiple resources, literally at your fingertips.

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If you take the deep dive and go for an in-person experience, you certainly don’t have to settle for the first therapist you visit. Absolutely, find a place where you feel safe and make sure you vibe with the person you’re working with. And if the one-on-one aspect doesn’t work for you, you can also try group sessions where the focus is not solely on you.

Every one of us has something that bothers us. All of us have learned well how to suppress, avoid or ignore what bother us, so much so that we have numbed ourselves in the process. Once you are numb, of course not much bothers you anymore. But living that way can undermine both your wellbeing and your success in life. Being vulnerable is your greatest strength. Resilience is your birthright. Choose someone to talk to who honors you and what you have to speak about.

A healthy mind leads a healthy life.

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Do you speak your truth?   And I don’t mean in a Stand Up For Yourself Or Lay Down And Die-kind of way. Although, if that’s important to you, it could be instrumental in your self-care, but I’m talking about on an everyday basis. Do you speak your truth in business dealings? Do you say what you know needs to be said to your employees, to your boss, or to your team? Do you bite your lip when around a certain friend or work colleague? Do you edit yourself to mute when around your mother? Your father? Your brother? Your sister? Swallowing your words, or keeping them to yourself, can be detrimental to your well-being.

Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes.

Maggie Kuhn

Maggie Kuhn may have been speaking of strangers but this goes for family and friends as well. It is important to find a way to say what is there for you to say – gently or fiercely. And most importantly, you do not have to act out on others to be truthful. You have a point of view. Your thoughts are valid. We all have areas where we go radio silent – or on the opposite side of the coin, we go on hyper-blast – because we don’t feel safe to say what we feel.

For some of us, communication can be threatening. But it is important to remember, it does not have to be “either” their opinions, “or” yours. Both perspectives can exist at once. All can coincide together. And since they can coexist together, there is room for everyone. Frankly, if you think about it, our opinions already exist together – theirs in their minds, and ours in our minds. Peace can come from knowing that if this is so, then so can our opinions exist at once in a conversation, or in a relationship.

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Do you think of yourself first in relationships?    Yes, I know. This may sound odd and even counter-intuitive given a relationship is an opportunity to give yourself over to another, to put another ahead of yourself. Except… that’s not necessarily so. A relationship is an opportunity to be generous with another human being. But generosity, just like charity, begins at home.

We have evolved our understanding of ourselves and our responsibility to be true to ourselves, so now is the time to continue evolving our understanding of relationships. A relationship is the space in which you can begin to realize that you are important. When you highly regard your own importance, it’s quite natural for others to follow suit. When you regard yourself highly, you are now fully charged (filled up and ready to go) to give of yourself to another.

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Imagine that. Two whole people discovering who they are becoming and being interested in their own well-being first. This contributes to them both being able to bring their whole selves to one whole and healthy relationship. Then you can be more peacefully united, because you’re not using your relationship to make up for what you believe you lack, or don’t do well.  Then we are more wholly ourselves so that we may be more truly ourselves together. The greatest opportunity for intimacy lies in this equation:

whole + whole = whole and healthy

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Do you hold onto grudges and resentments? Yes, examining the way you respond to resentment is about self-care – a deep, abiding self-care. Get ready… we’re jumping in.

Not forgiving someone is like eating poison and expecting someone else to die.


We hear a lot about forgiveness, so much so it can begin to sound like a formula. To not tip the scales on cliche, I’ll simply say this. When you choose not to forgive, or to continue resenting someone or something, you are amassing negative emotion within your body. You may not be conscious of this. Most of us are not. This act, in and of itself, can expose your body to ailments that are physical responses to the emotional accumulation and stagnation. In other words, you harbor resentment, your body will have a physical response to it.

Being emotional, in many societies around the world, is seen as being tumultuous, or unnecessary. However, being emotional is healthy. Not allowing your emotions to be expressed and suppressing them instead is a sure way to shut your self down, and then shut your health down. And not allowing yourself to fully express and be healed through that full expression is a sure way to disconnect from yourself and the innate health (also known as resilience) that resides within us all. How that disconnection will manifest as illness or disease depends on how long you allow it to continue, and at what intensity the resentment and negativity within you lives. Expressing your emotions – which, by the way, is definitely not the same as acting them out on others – makes forgiveness an easier prospect and a more definite resolution.

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Do you confront what you know is within you?    It’s not important how long it takes you to confront something that you know is requiring you to grow in your life. Do it all in your own time – however long that is. What does matter however is if you are actually paying attention and being willing to give yourself over to the challenge of your own growth, to your own transformation. If you are not, and instead you are giving all your attention to others and the quality of their lives, or just plain hiding out from your own, then you’re not about caring for yourself.

If your actions right now are inconsistent with caring for your self, then this is a great big opportunity for you to take a look at this area of your life. Take on the challenges that will grow you. The accomplishment of taking care of yourself will far outweigh the sour taste you may have for introspection.

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Do you serve others before you take care of yourself?

Fact: You being sick doesn’t help others get well. You being poor doesn’t help anyone to be more prosperous. You being strong, healthy, living in abundance is very, very helpful to the collective. So please, be well, be radiant, be rich, be famous, be super-human — be whatever feels good. Do NOT go hungry or dim your light to ‘be of service to the world.’

#truthbomb, Danielle LaPorte

Service is a wonderful thing. Playing a big game and putting yourself on the line for something greater than yourself is a hugely transformative experience. However, putting others’ needs before your own constantly, and before dealing with your self-care, is detrimental to your own well-being.

As a precedent, it can be damaging to take into account the preferences of others before your own. What if their preferences don’t honor who you are? What if giving of yourself leaves you with nothing at the end of the day? It could have begun differently, leaving you inspired and impassioned… but now no longer. No energy. No fulfillment. No zest. Lackluster. Where will you fill up? Or do you just keep going whether you’re taken care of or not?

This kind of all-or-nothing thinking (all for them, and nothing for you) can lead to depletion and illness. Some of us learn to forsake ourselves for the good of the whole. Consider that is a lie. There is no good of the whole if the good of one is overlooked. Overlooking yourself makes your altruism not altruism at all – because it doesn’t include you. Service is best fulfilled once you are. Bringing your joy to serving others is far more generous than bringing a shadow of yourself to it.

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Do you give yourself what you want?

Desire is the onward impulse of the ever-evolving soul.
— Charles Fillmore

Desire can be a contentious subject for human beings. For some of us, it’s a preposterous thing to think you can have everything you want. Arrogant. Self-serving. For some of us, it’s a preposterous thing to think you cannot have everything you want. Which camp are you in?

Humility does not equal poverty. Poverty is not nobility. If you make yourself wrong for wanting, you’ve made yourself wrong for the very thing that is the impulse of who you are. Experiment with giving yourself something you want that you’re not sure you should have. Remember to observe all your thoughts that may say, “This is wrong. You shouldn’t do that. This is what gets people in trouble.” Notice and observe yourself when your thoughts make you wrong for wanting and for fulfilling your desire. Start small.

If you have negative feelings around your desire, you may want to heal what is underneath that negativity. Negative feelings are not islands, they are always connected to much deeper issues of disconnection. Healing will bring you peace and a possible new outlook that will surprise you.

Divine responsibility is not a term meant to overwhelm you, but it is meant to bring a precious regard to something you may be taking for granted:


You are precious. Spas are nice, wonderful in fact, but remember there is more to your own care than the “bells and whistles” of the luxe life. Self-care is a grounded everyday practice that can help you honor yourself and bring integrity to who you are and how you live your life.

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The Law of Attraction Laid Bare

Most find fault with the Law of Attraction because they find fault with themselves.
Let me explain that

All of us live in the human condition, and that condition calls for a bevy of emotions, moods and attitudes – some of which are blame, fault, shame and guilt. Those four, in particular, make us feel that it is necessary for someone to blame and when we don’t want to feel shame or guilt, we prefer someone else to be at fault. In the end, we still end up feeling shame and guilt anyway. That is the human condition. No denying it.

When we live in a world where blame, fault, shame and guilt are prevalent in all of our experiences as human beings, then it follows that we would find fault and want to blame a Law that says, We attract everything that comes into our lives.

None of this is meant to be a punishment. However, in the world of blame, fault, shame and guilt, there is no system other than reward/punishment. We have to actually work to transcend that paradigm of reward & punishment. It is everywhere. It is insidious. Most of us cannot live in a world without those two things so integral to our society and to our lives. Without reward and/or punishment, how will we know our value? How will we know how good we are? How bad we are? How will we mete out praise to ourselves and others? How will we live in a world without reward & punishment?

Levity becomes vitally necessary. We’ve got to give up that ‘it’s the end of the world.’ We’ve got to find a way to bring lightness to the burden. We’ve got to learn how to ease up on the heaviness we bring to the meaning of our lives often. When we can bring levity to blame, fault, shame and guilt, then we have far more facility with the Law of Attraction and it becomes viable, powerful and even, optimal.

Let’s get straight about this, the Laws of the Universe are immutable. They cannot be unmade because they don’t suit our purposes. Universal Law exists outside of what human beings can control. Just like we can’t stop the Earth from rotating around the sun, or keeping its particular distance from the other planets. We can’t stop the Earth from being round by saying it’s flat. There is a lot that we have no control over in this life – it amounts to most everything.

But as always, it is my suggestion to take what resonates with you and leave what does not, and this article is no different.

The Law of Attraction is a neutral force. It is not out to harm you. No reward or punishment here. There is both neutrality and simplicity to the Laws of the Universe.

So be easy with yourself around the Law of Attraction. Be easy with yourself in all arenas. The Law of Attraction can help bring you peace of mind. There is a solution to all and it is always already at your fingertips. The only thing you must do is stop thinking at the level of the problem, and begin easing your way into the next paradigm – the level of the solution.

You have everything you need. The Universe has your back, and it is here to give you all that you desire. All. Not some. Be well.

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Ruin Can Save Your Life

Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

Ain’t it though?

You must tear it all down sometimes when you’ve come to the end of the road, the end of the line, or the end of your rope.

And once it’s all torn down (or all fallen down around you) , you can begin again.

But you must first have the courage to take it all down and throw it all away (aka let it all go)… the courage to do “nothing” while this is happening… the courage to have “nothing” while this is happening… and you must have the courage to simply be while this is all happening, not having any idea who you are in this new space of “nothing.”

Remember, we are all “powerful beyond measure,” as Marianne Williamson said so beautifully. And  we are far more than we realize we are. Sometimes, we are far more than we are willing to be. So tearing down what you’ve built might be the path less traveled, and it can also be… the one most honored.

What could life be if we could see ruin as a perfect path? And not the sh%# that happened when we weren’t paying attention? What could life be if we welcomed ruin like an old friend, instead of resenting the day we first met it?

Then maybe we wouldn’t have to go crazy… or maybe we could be okay in the storm. This isn’t just the notion of a Silver Lining. But if it was, what would be wrong with that?

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How Can You Create Healthy Boundaries Without Building Walls?

Like the single drop of water on the delicate petal of that flower… The droplet has a boundary that defines it as a drop – its form and dimension. Yet its boundary does not keep the flower petal from experiencing the quality of it, its moisture; and its boundary does not keep us from witnessing its beauty, the delicate nature of its being and its transparency. Its boundary allows it to keep its form but does not keep anyone, or anything out. In other words, its boundary, unlike a barrier, does not exclude anyone or anything.

Boundaries are not barriers. Many of us think these two are synonymous. Merriam-Webster defines these two words similarly as well, so for the purpose of this writing we will maintain the distinction between the two made above.

Barriers are built to protect us against others. Like, “I’m ready for the attack, so I’m gonna guard against you and your stuff. I dare you.”

Boundaries are created in consciousness. Boundaries allow us to have peace of mind; thereby giving us room to be ourselves, grow and thrive.

They can be very different, and while one is built on a negative premise, the other is built on a completely positive premise.

Come with me… I’ll tell you a little story about me.

In my life, I have created a number of barriers. I’ve built barriers that have barricaded me into my own small reality called, “I must protect myself at all costs.” I’ve done this in romantic relationships, familial relationships, and in work circumstances. At a certain point in my life, I recognized – for the first time, mind you – that I had a lack of intimacy with other people. It saddened me. It mostly saddened me, because I was at a point in my life where I was becoming aware of intimacy as the supreme sweet spot of life. I was realizing that being with other people completely bared, vulnerable and available, while inspiring the same in them was the deliciousness of life. Frankly, I had never known what intimacy was before that. It wasn’t until I was aware of what intimacy could be that I realized it had been so sorely missing.

But it wasn’t as easy as that… I began to let down the barriers that I had built up as walls of protection. And in newly discovering who I was without those barriers that I had lived with for so long, I was at a loss of how to be without them. I began to find that I had no idea of how to be that open without seeking validation where I would not receive it. Unconsciously, I had used my barriers as crutches to lean on, and since I was leaning hard, pretending they were my appendages instead, I didn’t have full use of my voice. Now, I had a new challenge: to strengthen my voice to match my newly matured view. And at first, I had to acknowledge I was weak.

I didn’t use my voice in ways that honored me. Often I was weak when I spoke, and so my barriers had become pure compensation. This was eye-opening, and it scared me shitless. My challenge was to find the new me, and the new ways of being and thinking that would lend me power – new power and new integrity of being. It was a scary time; a really scary time. And then I discovered… ta-daaaaaaa, boundaries.

I discovered I could create boundaries to keep everything I was learning about myself precious and to myself until I was ready to share it – when my voice and my confidence were more steady. I discovered this was not a sign of weakness, but a sign of my willingness to keep myself precious.

I discovered I could create boundaries to keep people from talking to me about things that were dangerous to my newly raw and burgeoning self. I didn’t have to have conversations that made me uneasy, and I certainly didn’t have to suffer under some strange superhuman notion that I should just “buck up and take it on the chin.”

{This is a lesson I learn again and again in different areas of my life, and I rely on these writings to remind me of where I’ve come from and how much I’ve grown.}

I discovered that I could create boundaries to support my new thoughts. And even when people already knew me in a certain way, my boundaries – if I fully honored them – would help me to keep my old identity (how they used to know me) from taking over again. I could say what I needed to say without fear of reprisal from others because they thought I didn’t “sound like myself.”

Now, did these boundaries work by themselves? …. Hell, no.

I had to stick to my guns. I had to stand in my truth. I had to be willing not to be approved of and/or not to be liked.

Then, and only then, could I create the beauty I could envision for myself. But while I was in this raw state of discovery, I could use these boundaries to help me stand my ground… and keep taking ground instead of losing it.

Boundaries can be created with many other purposes in mind and all as ways to keep your integrity as you’re testing the limits of paradigms you once regarded as truth, about yourself, about others, and about life itself. Use boundaries and use them well. You are worth it.

You don’t have to be what anyone else wants you to be, only what you envision for yourself.

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