Self is an incredibly complicated concept and can be interpreted in many different ways. For me, it’s the parts that make up me.
And I only recently realised what these are.
Our bodies are crucial and a no brainer for something that’s important to care for when we talk about self care. Eating nourishing real foods that fuel us, exercise and sleep are well documented and true facts in caring for ourselves.
Our minds are also superstars that have hundred of thousands of books and articles dedicated to how to care for them properly. Living in the present, positive thinking and meditation are a handful of ways to do this.
Soul, spirit or whatever you prefer to call it, it’s there and is fuelled by things that connect us to a higher way of being.
Accessing this part of ourselves isn’t just religion or spirituality. It can also be connecting with our creativity through artistic ventures, community through good deeds and volunteering, or the soul to soul connection we get from deep, meaningful conversations. There are also a myriad of ways to connect with and care for our souls.
Focusing on creating a balanced life earlier this year I was diligently focusing on each of these areas, with a lot of time spent reflecting, listening and learning.
I cared for my body, mind and soul daily, but something was missing. My passion and fire was burning out.
At first I thought I wasn’t doing enough, but then I saw that there was definitely something missing and began to reflect.
This is when the fourth house of self came into my attention. Heart.
Heart is passion, love, joy, laughter, happiness and total and utter bliss. When you are radiating that beautiful glow of someone who is completely content with where they are at and in love with their life.
This could be a part of soul, as each of these things are definitely also good for our souls but it really helped me to segment it out as an areas to specifically focus on.
Somehow in my focus I’d forgotten to live. To enjoy life. I’ve posted about this before and yep I slipped into it again without realising.
Topping up our hearts is so important. It’s our experience of life and should be filled with joy and laughter, passion and fun.
It doesn’t only mean a relationship, though that can also fuel our hearts. It’s making sure that love for life and passion and joy flows out of us. After all, how pleasant is it to be around people who are genuinely happy?
I don’t mean selfish or overcompensating, but a genuine, deep happiness.
That’s what I was missing.
So I remind you, if you’re reflecting on how to get yourself on track or are on your journey, remember your heart. Give yourself permission to be joyful, silly, playful and fun in whatever form that looks like for you.
Without it, we’re not whole or living our life to its fullest potential.
Give yourself permission and let’s have some fun.