A couple of years ago I hosted a number of Self-Care Expeditions, an opportunity for like-minded adventurers to practice self-care skills together.
I’ve been seriously slacking in a couple of my primary self-care routines. I want to deepen into these core skills once again. I’d love to have your support… and for you to join me!
Here’s how it works.
We commit to a daily practice for the course of the expedition. We check in here for support, to hear how everyone else is doing, and to share our adventures in the comment section.
This will actually be a mini-expedition. We will be adventuring together for 10 (vs 40) days. The intention of this mini-expedition is to jump-start any self-care practice you wish to embark upon, return to, or deepen into.
Like I mentioned above, there are a couple of very basic self-care skills I’ve been totally neglecting for, oh… about 5 years.
When I say very basic, I mean VERY basic. Actually, they are so basic that I’m a bit embarrassed to even admit to them.
Ok, here they are:
Yes. It seems I’ve spent the last 5+ years focusing so much on the emotional and spiritual side of self-care that I’ve completely neglected the physical aspects of self-care.
For most of my life, I have been super active.
I played varsity sports all throughout high school. I hiked, biked, backpacked, played volleyball, ran, did pilates, xinyi, etc throughout college and my 20s.
And then, around the time I turned 30, I had this
breakdown breakthrough where I became aware of all this emotional pain I had been repressing for well, my entire life.
I’ve now spent many years unwinding that, learning how to witness and hold myself, how to be gentle and kind with that kind of pain, how to sit with it, how to ask for help, how to allow it to dissolve, shift, transform. And, this process has been amazing!
And yet, somehow, I completely forgot about and allowed the foundational skills of exercise and diet to fall away.
Not that I didn’t notice… I knew I wasn’t eating well and I hated that I wasn’t able to climb a hill without breathing hard. It’s just… I had other priorities.
Now, however, it’s time to take all the self-care skills I’ve developed and apply them to listening to my body as it relates to food and to getting back into shape.
So, that’s where I’m headed.
Note: these are the commitments I’m adopting for myself as it pertains to what I’m needing to learn now. Feel free to change, adapt, make up your own, as you see fit.
My overall commitment for this mini-expedition is to listen to my body. More specifically, I commit to
- setting the intention every morning to eat better and to move more through asking my body what it wants and listening for a response.
- pausing and checking in with my body throughout the day, especially as it concerns my food and movement decisions.
- end the day reflecting (either in a journal or just in my head) on how things went.
- share a bit about how this process is going every day for 10 days here on my blog thus opening the comments for you to share your adventure too.
Basically, I want to challenge myself to change my relationship with food and exercise through listening to my body.
Eventually, I hope to be in a relationship with food and exercise that is healthy, balanced, and, most importantly, sustainable without effort.
To help me get there, I need some permissions so that if/when I do mess up, it doesn’t end with me just abandoning the entire Expedition and hiding away in shame and self-disgust.
Therefore, my permissions:
- I give myself permission to forget, to mess up, to mindlessly eat salt/vinegar chips and chocolate late at night. It’s ok! I’m creating a new way of being in relationship with my body. A relationship based less on what my mind says is right or wrong; more on what my body truly wants.
- I give myself absolute permission to do nothing if this is what my body asks for during these 10 days. The listening piece is far more important than the type of exercise, how long it lasts, or how often I do it. (I’ll talk more about this aspect of my expedition at some point during the 10 days).
This expedition is about trusting that my body knows exactly what it needs to feel strong, healthy, and nourished. (Yes! This is key! I sense that this is another piece I’ll have a lot to say about as the Expedition progresses.)
Is there some self-care practice you would like to begin, re-start, or deepen into?
Perhaps your yoga, or meditation, or water-drinking, or journal writing, or __ has been falling to the wayside.
Would you benefit from joining me in making a 10-day commitment to take your ability to nourish and care for yourself to the next level?
The most important thing to keep in mind is that this Self-Care Expedition is not about forcing, or pushing through, or obligation.
Instead, we are here to support each other in deepening into our relationships with ourselves through noticing what comes up when we commit to a specific self-care practice for 10 days.
This is about learning more about ourselves and our patterns as they relate to self-care… together.
Will you join me?
Comments? Thoughts? Want to join? If so, leave a comment (including your twitter handle if you have one). That’s it. You’re in!
Of course, if you’d like to share the practice you are committing to and/or your personal permissions, that’d be great too. 🙂
We begin Tuesday, April 1, 2014.