There is a connection between self-care and developing your spiritual abilities. When you are happy, rested, balanced, and healthy your connection to your Higher Self and spirit guides strengthens and expands.
Spending time multi-tasking, taking responsibility for everyone and everything, focusing your attention on what’s in the media, and being surrounded by negative people will divide your attention and wear out your energy. Always being on the go, drinking caffeine to remain alert, not eating or sleeping means that you may be missing messages from your spirit guides.
Self-care reduces stress, fear, and anxiety. Self-care is self-love. Love yourself, be your own best friend. It is important to take care of yourself first before extending yourself to others. It allows you to establish healthier boundaries, save time, money, and energy. Releasing what you do not need will open you to more spiritual guidance. Your life will shift to the point of attracting more positive people and opportunities into your life. Your spiritual abilities will expand and deepen as you take care of yourself.
This by no means is an exhaustive list. Listen to your body, it will tell you what you need to relax and be healthy. Caring for yourself and allowing others to care for you is nurturing. When you are relaxed your spirit guides come in and heal you as well. Your spiritual abilities will develop over time. Look over the list, see what resonates, and incorporate it into your life.
Ask for Help
Allow yourself to accept help from the friends, family members, and co-workers who have been reaching out to you. Your spirit guides love you and are sending these people to you so you can become more balanced.
Taking the moment to pray, chant, or read spiritual or religious material is a way to connect to the Creator. Devotionals can be in the form of affirmations. They help you shift your consciousness, change old behaviors, and manifest greatness.
Drink more water, herbal tea, tisanes, and fruit and vegetable smoothies. Hydrating this way, rather than with caffeinated or sugar-laden drinks, will detox and cleanse your body from the inside out. Your skin will glow and you’ll have additional energy during the day.
Eat Fresh Produce
Eat more plant-based food. Nuts, seeds, herbs, fruit and vegetables add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet. Check out your farmer’s market, CSA (community supported agriculture), and explore the parts of the produce section in your grocery store that you may have been ignoring.
Go a step further and grow your own food in your kitchen, backyard, or community garden. Connecting to the earth will ground you. You will develop patience, become stress-free, and best of all, fresh food that you have grown yourself.
Being active increases the blood flow in your body, elevates endorphins, strengthens your body, and builds up your stamina. Your body purges what is not needed through your sweat. Exercise reduces stress and helps you sleep better at night. Get back to what you used to love or try something different. Run, walk, basketball, tai chi, indoor rock climbing – get your body moving.
Getting enough sleep in the evenings, or even taking a short nap during the day, gives your mind and body time to relax and recharge. Your body is telling you it’s ready for bed when you feel yourself slow down. The yawning, dozing off, and just feeling tired are also clues. Rather than push through it waiting for your second wind – go to bed! If you are up late doing lots of work it is because you have taken on too much. Release what is not working for you and sleep it off.
Also, your spirit guides spend time teaching you lessons while you are asleep because you are more open to their guidance. Whatever they share with you will be in your subconscious then rise to the surface of your consciousness when it is most needed. Think of sleep as your spiritual university. Interestingly enough, your guides will give you homework in the form of introducing you to new people, ideas and situations. This is to see how well your awareness has shifted, accepting new opportunities, connecting to people, and making healthier decisions.
Take long deep breaths during the day. Inhale through your nose and release the breathe through your mouth several times. This oxygenates your blood and gives you added energy. This is where the idea of prana comes in. Prana is Sanskrit for life force. When you do focused breathing you are waking up the cells in your body, which causes a chain reaction of detoxing and cleansing your sinuses, lungs, digestive system, and mind. Our cells regenerate. When your body is free of toxins your cells can regenerate cleaner.
Research pranayama, alternate nostril breathing, and the breath of fire. See what resonates with you and incorporate it into your daily routine.
This is the be-all way of self-care and developing your spiritual abilities. Meditation cultivates silence, stillness, and self-awareness. Meditation opens and stimulates your crown chakra, which connects you to your Higher Self and the universe. You will receive messages about what needs attention in your life and how to move forward.
There are various ways to meditate. Sitting meditation is the most commonly known way. Some sitting meditation techniques incorporate chanting, focusing on an object (mandala, candle light, deva), or simply focusing on the breath.
Walking meditation is an active meditation technique. You focus your awareness on your breath as you take each step. It can be done anywhere – in the park, at work, in your neighborhood. Take a step during your inhalation then another during exhalation. You will become more aware of your natural breath. You will develop patience in the process.
Shift from using daydreams as an escape from your reality. Visualize your success or dream vacation. Cultivate the emotion you intend to feel once you have achieved that desired goal. This is how manifesting abundance happens. Daydreaming with intention shifts your subconscious and conscious mind. Your spirit guides will take notice and help make your daydreams a reality.
See yourself taking the necessary steps (and accomplishing each one) that will lead you to your vacation home in Maui or Thailand. If you want to start your own business, see yourself procuring the capital and team that will help you build your empire. See and feel yourself having fun and enjoying what you want to manifest. Your daydreams have power.
Spend Time Outdoors
Trees, grass, flowers, rivers, oceans, and fresh air cultivate a natural calm. Think about how much your time away from work and other responsibilities already takes place outdoors. Bodies of water like rivers, streams, oceans, and waterfalls have negative ions that cleanse your aura. Parks and other wooded areas are grounding. Walking around barefoot, sitting on the ground, and hugging a tree (yes, hug a tree) removes tension and other negative energy from your body.
Sounds odd, huh? Sit down or lie down and do not do anything. No thinking, reading, meditating, or worrying. No daydreaming either. Just be.
Play music that makes you want to move your body. Dancing is about having fun and getting into the rhythm of life. Move beyond tapping your foot and nodding your head. Get up and turn dancing into a full-bodied expression. If you don’t know the latest moves – make one up. Wave your hands in the air, do the Dallas Drop, wiggle it. Go salsa dancing with friends and family. Try that Zumba® class you have been contemplating. Reconnect with the Divine Feminine through belly dancing. Spend time dancing with your partner on date night. However you do it, have fun.
Journaling is sacred. It is a safe way of getting thoughts and feelings off your chest. You can list your fears, worries, joys, ideas, and goals without anyone judging you. Keeping a journal allows you to chronicle your life, observe shifts in consciousness, and rework creative ideas until you are ready to share them.
Keep a dream journal, as dreams provide you with messages via symbols, conversations, locations, animals, colors, and numbers. Repetitive dreams are messages within themselves. Are you caught up in a cycle? Are you missing the help you need? Your dreams will tell you. Dreams are sometimes ways for your subconscious to process your day, but there are still messages within those images. Dreams can be menacing, funny, esoteric, or mundane. Write them down. Dreams help make decisions to take care of yourself for when you are awake.
Journaling can be done longhand in a bound book or in a document on a computer. Try something different and keep a visual journal by including images that you draw, paint, or cut out of magazines. Take a leap of faith and start a blog or video journal. Sometime sharing helps others realize that they are not alone.
Take A Bath
Drawing a warm bath with Epson salt and essential oil will relax your mind and body. It is a time of silence and rejuvenation. Try lavender, rose, ylang ylang, or chamomile. Inhaling the fragrance will ‘reset’ your mood to calm and peace.
Return To Childhood
The list is endless: hopscotch, jump rope, hula hoop, jacks, tick tac toe, finger painting, turning cartwheels. It may seem silly, but there was part of your childhood when you were happy and carefree. Return to that. If you have children, nieces and nephews, or children in your neighborhood you have access to fun and frivolity. Join them in the activities you may have only supervised.
Take a Class or Workshop
Taking a class in art, cooking, yoga, a second language, or anything that you are passionate about will feed your mind, body and soul. Check your local college, spiritual center, health food store, or bookstore for their monthly calendar. You will meet like-minded people in these classes, expand your consciousness and develop new skills.
Minimize Digital Noise
Turning off the television, radio, computer, and cell phones when you eat a meal and at least an hour before you go to sleep in the evenings. Reduce your usage during the day. The silence will allow your mind to relax and you will be able to connect to your Higher Self and hear messages from your spirit guides.