Self-Care as a Spiritual Practice

I am writing to you from Duck, NC where I am lucky enough to be spending five days (this is day 4) at a retreat with an amazing group of women.

The theme of the retreat is “self-care as a spiritual practice”. We know how important taking care of ourselves is, but it is not always easy to do. We are taking the time to meditate, do yoga, qi gong, art projects, storytelling and of course, eating good, healthy food!

This is a wonderful learning and sharing experience and I already feel a shift from being here.

Of course, I’ve been having to carve out time everyday for my studies and head to school at the crack of dawn on Friday. I am hoping that allowing myself to be here this week will allow me to arrive at school with a clear head and an open heart.

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We had to create a Soul Collage card after a meditation and this is what i came up with. I identified with the young girl as myself.

Landscape of the SoulIMG_5606

We had lots of materials to create a landscape that spoke to us and I chose the beach, because I loved it as a child, it reminds me of Scotland and it's why I live where I do today.

What are some creative ways you like to take care of your soul? Let me know in the comments below.

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6 comments on “Self-Care as a Spiritual Practice

  1. This looks wonderful! it is always great to practice what we talk about!! I am so happy for this time away for you!!

    • Thank you so much Anne! It has been a wonderful few days. It was a challenge deciding whether to attend, given that school is so busy right now but I realized I need this more now than ever. It’s exactly what I would recommend to anyone else and so felt I should be true to my own words.

      Love,
      Alison
      xox

    • It’s been an amazing week Carol! Thank you so much for including me. What a gift!

      Lots of love,
      Alison
      xox

  2. Alison,
    So nice to read of your journey, a journey so many never think to begin.
    In looking at your landscape,I found it interesting, as I am sure you did as well, to find a lone shell, not in the sand but on the metal foil.
    Enjoy your adventure!

    • Dear Terri,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts…I appreciate it! I’m so glad you noted the lone shell. I did place it on the foil (representing water) with great intention and I love that you caught that.
      Thanks for your encouragement!

      Alison
      xo

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