Something I have realized lately: when most people think of healing, the thought usually surfaces around time of illness, loss, and prevention. The aftermath.
Maybe healing should be something we do every day. We should nurture and discover ourselves within the process. We should be kind to ourselves and extend that energy to those around us.
We can heal and bring happiness all with a simple action or thought. We have the ability to make someone smile. To ease their pain, to bring hope or a new perspective, to inspire someone, to develop positive manifestos and discard negative ones, to help create, to heal. Not just our loved ones or strangers, but ourselves additionally.
I think sometimes we get so overwhelmed, caught up, and lost that we forget to live in the present. We must be mindful of what is happening.
Whether it’s healing foods, herbs, journaling, developing affirmations, creating a vision board, helping others, volunteering, meditating, dancing, baking, drawing, or surrounding yourself with positive people, there are many ways and methods to heal and take care of your soul.
Doing laundry with Sufjan Stevens in the background.
Pressing warm towels against your face till the lavender scent of the washing detergent envelopes your cheeks.
Melting obese bars of chocolate and hand dipping salty pretzels into the bittersweet lava before you.
Slapping thick smudges of olive oil, lemon juice and honey paste on your face and watching your skin emulate the sun.
Purging your own heart over a stretched canvas with the stain of acrylic on your fingernails.
Sitting at a café in a series of missed connections with hot tea wrapping your insides in a comforting embrace, head buried in a new book instead of technology.
Taking a long walk with nature as your only companion. Trees can keep secrets better than people.
My first step toward my soul-soothing goal was the development of a daily yoga and meditation practice. This became a key component in my healing process, serving as an anchor during a time when everything in my life was dreadfully unstable.
My yoga mat became a safe space to reconnect with my mind, body, and spirit.
If you’re feeling stuck in your life, developing a daily practice can be a huge catalyst toward growth and healing. Your practice doesn’t need to be yoga and meditation. It can be almost anything as long as it gives you the time and space to let go and reconnect with yourself, each and every day.
Get in touch with your body and your emotions. I make sure to have a period of self-reflection at the end of each day, no matter how long or short it may be.
I encourage you to ask yourself: “What value can come to my life by devoting a few minutes a day to myself?”
“What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.”