“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde, Burst of Light
Living well takes practice and is facilitated by striving to stay open to deep relationships and connection with ourselves, our communities, and with God. Below are suggestions for exercises that contribute to the practice of showing up. Consider engaging one or more of these practices through the week.
· Consider your regular schedule, print it out if possible. If your schedule varies, block off all the times in the last two weeks to a month that you have devoted to work. Make three columns: 1) Work, 2) Rest/Sleep, and 3) Other Add up the hours. Compare.
· Think about what in your life GIVES you life. What do you do that makes you feel reinvigorated? What in your life makes you feel more recharged than drained?
· If you feel that you have the time and the energy, consider how you might show up for this community and beyond. Reach out to a pastor and explore your gifts and talents and how you might contribute them.
· And remember to show up for your causes, for your community but, first of all – show up for yourself.