Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Follow self care rituals as a feature of your religion

Photo credit: Anna DeBiasi
Anna DeBiasi writes "The Importance of Rituals in Self Care " in response to Thomas Moore's focus on "spiritual practices" in his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

DeBiasi suggests, "Moore's major point in the book is that we can all create our own 'spiritual practice,' whatever that may look like. His central theme was that we can individually create practices that speak to our heart, and help us find balance and peace, emotionally and spiritually. For me, I understand this in a context of creating self care rituals."

While recommending activities she includes, "Connecting with nature can also be a part of your rituals. Hiking a certain path through the woods, or walking down the beach are forms of self care rituals. Incorporating mindfulness into your time with nature can also help you find peace and grounding, and appreciation of the beauty all around us, even on days when your world may feel harsh and small."

Her concluding question may stimulate readers to consider what's significant in your own life: "Are there more things that you can purposefully engage in on a regular basis to improve your self care?"