“What we are seeking is… the rapture of being fully alive.” – Joseph Campbell
A number of years ago, I lost my voice. Completely. The specialist diagnosed a paralyzed vocal cord and told me it would be six to twelve months before I would speak again. When I asked him what I could do to heal myself more quickly, he shrugged and told me that there was really nothing that would make a difference. It would just take time.
At that time, still reeling from a recent divorce and grieving my father’s death, I was emotionally and physically depleted. And so, finally being forced to listen to my body, I began a regime of extreme self care.
I identified all the things I knew would help to heal my body and all the things that I knew would nourish my soul, and I made those things part of my daily life. Within three months, my voice was healed, a wonderful thing. But along the way, I also realized that these self care practices were doing wonders for my spirit. Incorporating self care into my daily life, I now felt vibrantly, deliciously, passionately alive!
You’d think this would be a lesson I’d only need to learn once, but it’s easy for me, in the rush of the day to day, to lose sight of how important self care is. I’m once again feeling depleted. And so now is the time to reclaim that sense of vibrancy, that feeling of being deliciously alive in the world. It’s time to make self care my priority. This is going to be my “Year of Living Passionately.” This year I’m going to incorporate into daily life the practices that I know most nourish my body and my spirit:
Sally’s Practices for Living Passionately
- Eating healthfully
- Massage and acupuncture
- Time in nature
- Solitude, silence and stillness
- Meditation and yoga
- Strong personal relationships
These are the practices I’m committing to this year, the things that I will make the “Big Rocks” in my life.
And what about you? What are the healthy habits that make you feel passionately alive?