Soul Care: 3 ways to care for YOU!

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Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. 20 You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God!  —1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (VOICE)

Introduction

Hello Dear Friends, today I want to start a new series called “SOUL CARE” in this ever-changing world we tend to run and chase the wind. Our desires to grow our lives {which, by the way, is a good thing to learn & grow} can sometimes leave us overwhelmed. Chasing dreams and ideologies is exhausting and it can leave us searching for more.

Soul Care

The transformative experience of learning new things and growing in the process is biblical, God says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 King James Version (KJV)  We are created to evolve, the desire to be a longtime learner is imperative. However, many of us tend to give too much attention to those desires and forget all along the way how to take care of the most important person in the mix: Y O U!  

Prepare

You, my dear friend, are the most important person in the decision to become a long-time learner, without your health, and happiness you can perish. To avoid falling into this deathly trap here is the first step in taking care of your mind, heart, body, and soul! I recently started my yoga practice again & I tell you its been enormously helpful it grounds me and aides me in staying focus. Now there are many more things you can do besides yoga, I also enjoy hiking, taking a walk on the beach, exercising, and meditating. The first step in taking care of YOU is having a plan, one that will help you prioritize your goals and intentions for your care.

Plan

Planning is wise. You have to start by researching what suits you and what recharges your soul. I believe any active exercise is good but you must find what fills your soul, heart, and mind. An example: When I was searching for my “activity” I tried Zumba, oh boy let me tell you I am Hispanic, dancing is like our thing, you can’t call yourself a Latina without knowing how to dance. But my gosh Zumba was like totally out of my “cool” zone when everyone was going left I was going right. Let’s just say Zumba quickly became a never again activity. (LOL) I also tried pilates, soul cycle, yoga, hiking, and more.

Execute

In my search for a new workout, I learned that not every exercise is meant for everyone.  The important thing is not the hasty activity but rather the discipline to stay consistent. Finding what centers your, what keeps you active, and what relaxes you is key to soul care. It is tending to the deepest needs of the soul, a vital component for the health of a person.

In the next part of this series, we’ll talk about why is important to find balance in our life and why caring for ourselves is meaningful. And how intentional motion helps us with anxiety and stress.

 

I’m dying to know what do you do to care for yourself? Please comment below!


Barbara Mancilla