American Spiritual Health and Healing
African-American people are natural caretakers. We do a great job of assisting
and loving those around us. However, many of us fall short when it comes to taking
good care of ourselves. We expend our energies giving to our kids, our jobs, our
partners and others. Then, at the end of the day, we have nothing left for us.
If this goes on for too long, we can begin to experience our lives as less than
more and more of us are becoming dedicated to the idea of putting ourselves first
through radical self-care and self-love. If this sounds selfish, it's only
because we've been conditioned to value the needs of others over our own.
But, consider for a moment that being run-down, exhausted and stressed-out lessens
our ability to take care of other people. So taking good care of our selves is
actually very unselfish.
are some great ways to care for your spirit:
is an important form of self-knowing and self-loving. It allows us to make contact
with the spirit within by listening to our own truth.
and spending time in nature is another powerful way to connect to your spirit.
Breathing fresh air while taking in the beauty of our natural world does a great
deal to heal the soul. The physical exercise is an additional bonus.
great books or listening to audio on the issues of spirituality and personal growth
is yet another way to get stronger and move more consistently toward the life
can take advantage of other health and healing techniques such as yoga, acupuncture,
spiritual bodywork, journal keeping and more
on this journey toward more peace and true happiness. As you move forward on this
path, you will notice that you have more patience for others, and that the constant
chatter in your head has quieted down. You will begin putting yourself first in
an unapologetic way, with the understanding that the healthier you are, the more
positively you affect the people around you.
also see -> Life Tips
- Getting Back in Balance
Delano Garner writes for "Shades and Reflections,"
a resource site for African-American Spiritual Health.