Hug, Imagine, Judge
Three days running and I haven’t posted to the AtoZ Challenge on Holistic Self-Care. My apologies. Between work obligations, I needed to practice a bit of self-care.
So today I’m playing catchup by reflecting on three ideas at once.
H is for Hug
Plenty of evidence exists to show that hugging increases serotonin and lowers blood pressure – making it good for body, mind, and spirit.
I wasn’t raised to be much of a hugger. My family didn’t hug much. This doesn’t mean we didn’t love each other but our love and affection were demonstrated differently – primarily through sarcasm and service. For me, a perfectly placed sarcastic remark from one of my siblings releases the same dose of serotonin as a physical hug.
But today I suggest that rather than thinking about what a hug does for us, I’d like to think about what we offer with a hug.
A hug offers Honest – Unabashed – Gratitude
Can you offer Honest – Unabashed – Gratitude towards loved ones, friends, trees, yourself?
Whether you hug with your heart, your hands, or your head – are you offering Honest Unabashed Gratitude?
Hug a loved one. Hug a friend. Hug a tree. Hug yourself.
I is for Imagine
If we believe that all life is energy and vibration, and that our thoughts become our reality – as many scientists, philosophers, and spiritual gurus say – our ability to imagine is one of the most powerful tools we possess to envision and then bring about our deepest desires.
Ignatius of Loyola encouraged the use of the imagination in prayer – to tap into your deepest desire.
Imagination is not always a simple flight of fancy. Instead –
To imagine is to know that our current reality – as good or as not so good as it is – isn’t the entire story.
To imagine is to believe in the possibility of “Next?”
To imagine is to hope.
About what do you imagine?
J is for Jink
JINK is not a common word in my world but when I looked up the definition, I knew it needed to be included in holistic self-care.
The standard definition of the verb JINK is “to change direction suddenly and nimbly, as when dodging a pursuer.”
Practicing holistic self-care sometimes calls us to nimbly and suddenly change direction: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
When we aren’t treating our bodies respectfully – jink.
When negative thoughts creep in to our choice to live a positive, joy-filled life – jink.
When what we feel hurts – anger, sadness, grief, fear, etc. – AFTER we allow ourselves to HUG the feeling and imagine new possibilities – jink.