I used to think that self-care was all about adding something to my life, like adding some time to read, or going to the art gallery, or taking a Sunday afternoon stroll around the park.
But to add in self-care meant that I also needed to stop some other things, like watching less television, or turning attention away from social media to greet other people in real life.
In Four Gifts, I note that for busy people, spiritual practice begins quite simply with stopping. And that’s true for self-care as a spiritual practice too. Sometimes we just need to stop before we add anything. Instead of adding anything.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” In terms of self-care, I think of it as stopping to rest in God’s care.
I’m excited that Four Gifts officially releases by Herald Press on September 4, and to celebrate, I’m giving away two free copies. To enter to win, you can either:
1) Share this post on your favourite social media site, then come back and leave the link in the comments so I know you’re entering that way,
2) Respond to this in the comments below: In what ways are you adding self-care to your life? In what ways are you stopping something in order to take care of yourself?
This giveaway contest remains open until Saturday, September 8, midnight Pacific Time. I’d love to see your responses!
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