Up until about 300 years ago, almost every system of medicine and healing in the world treated the mind and body as a whole. Then during the 17th century, the western view of medicine separated the two with the treatment of the body as more of a series of parts with no connection to the mind. Now in the 20th century, as integrative medicine is starting to fuse the two back together there is a greater awareness of the interconnection of both mind and spirit. The focus on mind body involves the spirit as well of course. They are deeply interconnected and all must be addressed when healing the body.
Tennee | April 25, 2018
“You can’t pour from an empty vessel,
take time to fill yourself with acts of self care”.
This evening as I forced my aching bones into a bath tub filled with epsom salt and essential oils, my mind drifted to earlier days before endless tasks involving raising kids, cooking, cleaning, driving and working. There was a time before children when I prioritized my need for quiet and and took to writing and contemplation and reading. These days when I forget to practice self care, I “pay the piper” physically, and I doubt I am alone in this.
In this day and age, self care tends to be captured on Instagram and social media and displayed in the cliche form of luxuries such as spa treatments and vacations. But what if the bones of self care are less grandiose than that and more simplistic yet meaningful?
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