Care Dare – a Self-Care Summit

We Dare you to take better Care of yourself!


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Administering Emergency Self-Care by Coach Anya

Hi all! This is so exciting for me. I’m glad to be able to share this with you.

How are you feeling right now? I hope you’re feeling splendid and on top of the world, but maybe you don’t.

Are you feeling crazy? Sad? Tired? Have you been running around like a chicken without a neck wondering if you’re getting anything accomplished? Or are you just sitting around staring at the computer screen wondering if you’ll ever make anything of this life while your fingers numbly click from screen to screen and page to page?

Either way, somehow you’ve allowed yourself to get worn down so much that you are no longer present for yourself or anyone else — just here or there and out of touch with your personal power.

This sounds like an emergency. Stop all the extra stuff you’re doing or not doing and take a few minutes to reconnect with yourself – spirit, soul, and body. You are starved for attention, rest, and nourishment. Reconnect with the present and get your power back.

Self-care is not a privilege in this fast moving society. It is a necessity. If you think you don’t have time to stop and smell a few proverbial or literal roses, imagine how much time you’ll have should you get sick with a flu, or should you just get too tired to keep going. To get closer to your better self in this moment give yourself some lovin’ right now. You need it.

Here are some things you can do to administer emergency self-care:

  • Do you journal? Take a few minutes to write about how you’re feeling right now. How do you want to feel?
  • Journaling not your thing? Grab some paper, colored pencils, ink pens, pieces of crayons — whatever you got, then close your eyes and doodle for 5 minutes.
  • Maybe you can use an herbal tea break. What do your energy levels feel like? Perhaps you can use something relaxing like chamomile or lemon grass. Or maybe you you need something with a greater kick like green or white teas. Looking for something more refreshing? Try a an extra large strawberry banana smoothie with a protein hit.
  • Change your perspective. Get some outside air into your lungs and take a walk.
  • Take a nice hot bubble bath.
  • Have a mini-meditation session. You can sign up here to receive a free emergency mini-meditation from me at SavvySoulLife.com.
  • Read something to feed your spirit. Biblical scriptures, a book of inspiring quotes, your favorite comic strip, everything on the Care Dare site.

Make a list of little things you can do to reconnect with the present and empower yourself everyday. Feel free to share that list here or at SavvySoulLife.com

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share these tips with you. These are tools I use myself whenever I need a little extra boost to get me through the day, and I hope they are a help to you too.

Give yourself some lovin’. You need it and you are always worthy of it.

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Savvy Soul Life Coach Anya, CPC, is a creativity, life, Christian, and core energy coach, a certified holistic health consultant, artist, writer, amateur ukulele player, and a soon to be ARTbundanceTM Coach and Practitioner helping others give themselves a kick-starter in the rear so they can get moving and continue personal growth into their better, best, and happier selves. When she’s not wolfing down strawberry banana smoothies and green tea lattes, Anya is off on one of her mini adventures discovering new places, new things, and meeting new people. You can find Anya at SavvySoulLife.com.

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Gaia and Self-Care by Stephanie Lin

Earth, my body,
Water, my blood,
Air, my breath,
Fire, my spirit.

The above is one of my favorite ceremonial chants to sing. The words offer a simple truth and a powerful reminder of our intimate connection with Earth. Perhaps it’s even more than a connection, it is a deep union, a merging and intertwining. Our individual bodies can be seen as a microcosm of Gaia, the macrocosm.

gaia clipart The existence and functioning of our bodies is supported by the primary elements that exist on Earth: earth/matter, water, air, and fire. When one of those elements is out of balance in our body, the whole body is impacted. One of the gifts of tuning into the body and Gaia is to develop a sensitivity for when particular elements in our body (and therefore their related organs and emotions) need loving restoration of balance.

Our personal vibrancy and health is deeply dependent on the vibrancy and health of Earth, which provides us with nourishment. The state of our physical body speaks volumes about our relationship with Gaia. Likewise, the vibrancy and health of Earth is directly related to the way in which we humans collectively treat our bodies.

In modern times we have turned more and more away from our connection with the Earth, which is represented in many cultures as the Great Mother and is associated with the feminine, or yin, principle. Instead, we have prioritized the mind, intellect, and masculine energy. The latter, in its warped and uncontrolled form, manifests itself as patriarchy, a social and cultural way of being that is typically marked by aggression, repression, and desire for power and control.

How can this imbalance of energies be addressed and healed?

One way is through caring for the body. As we nurture and love our bodies, our connection with Gaia is deepened and we can begin to draw more and more on her life-giving energy and nourishment. Through this connection we can re-balance the elements within our body, bringing it back to health. We can bring out more fully within ourselves the feminine aspects of warmth and receptivity. When this process begins at the individual and then collective level, Gaia herself also returns to life and can serve her beautiful function (nourishing humans) more fully.

In this audio, I offer a guided Earth meditation with the intention of helping us:
a) Honor and deepen our connection with Gaia.
b) Allow Earth energy to nourish and heal our bodies, and in turn our mind and spirit.
c) Restore the balance of the four elements within our bodies, which will improve or prevent physical and emotional health issues.
d) Generate the feminine or yin energy associated with Gaia, allowing for more creativity, love, and receptivity in our lives.

Listen to the free Earth meditation here! (~20 minutes long)

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Stephanie Ying Lin is a spiritual construction worker and life coach whose passion is to guide awakening women to live a conscious, soul-driven, and joyful life. Her gifts of energy sensitivity and claircognizance are supported by intensive training in thought-based coaching with Brooke Castillo at The Life Coach School, as well as ten years immersed in the study of Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. She holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Religion from Columbia University. She is also a contributing author in the bestselling Adventures in Manifesting series. Visit her at http://www.stephanieylin.com/.