It’s the Beginning of a Whole New Year… Feeling Disillusioned? Jaded? Disconnected? Foggy?
We all have experienced times where we simply go through the motions, finding minimal pleasure in a life where our schedule is maximized with responsibilities. The question is, however, what about the responsibility to ourselves? All over the globe, people of all different backgrounds, status, and life phases are searching for a way to get and stay connected, needed, and appreciated – But, in what ways are we sacrificing our ability to connect, meet our needs, as well as find appreciation and even gratitude for our whole self – mind, body, and spirit.
“What about the responsibility to ourselves?”
Turning our attention inward might sound impossible – even selfish. On the other hand, is trying to give away a self that we don’t take time to care for fully serving anyone else? “Self-care” a term used widely by helping professionals, may sound like shtick to build interest, but the concept of taking time to care for the self dates back centuries. Meditation, yoga, and quiet reflection (or similar practices) show up in all major world philosophies, religions, and spiritualities. Even scientist have found justification and usefulness of these behaviors by experimenting with brain maps, stress levels, and nervous system response measurements.
The irony lies in the facts. Getting quiet and still actually maximizes productivity and creativity! Practicing mindfulness daily builds stress tolerance, decreases feelings of sadness and being overwhelmed and increases experience of tranquility and contentment.
Finding a method of practice is not as simple as advertisements might suggest, but with a small commitment to turning inward, the needs of the body and the mind will become more clear.
As a counselor in training and a yoga instructor, I have found numerous evidence of the interdependence of body and mind, the necessity of maintaining those connections and the relevance that holds in our happiness.
Wanting to try something new, find connection, or gain relaxation and mindfulness skills? We are offering a yoga workshop near you! Right here in Lewisville Texas at Grace Counseling Center we have yoga for beginners and advanced level practice. Our instructors are RYT certified and can accommodate all levels.
Call us for more information about relaxing therapeutic yoga, and yogic informed counseling sessions!