By Victoria Lynn Hall
Self care is definitely important but I fear it has become over-emphasized as a personal coping mechanism and also over-used and abused as a commercial slogan. I think it is time we not only redefine what self care means to us in a way that doesn’t require another charge to our credit card but also to extend beyond it. I believe the point of taking care of ourselves should be to enable us to be more available and have more to share with others. And I don’t think we have to be experts at taking care of ourselves in all areas of life before we can help someone else. I think we can all help each other along the way so that our self care efforts can also be mutual care efforts.
One of the so called silver linings of the Covid pandemic and our government’s absurd and tragic neglect of the needs of its people is that I am seeing more and more stories of how people are coming together and taking care of each other. It isn’t nearly enough to make up for the destruction that the concentrated power and wealth among the elite class is causing but it is a start in defining ourselves as a society that reflects our willingness to share our resources in a more egalitarian way.
In that spirit, I’ve made one of the goals of Amplifire Project to offer instruction, education and inspiration to help people get through these challenging times together.
Our contributor and my friend, Lorie Michaels is an excellent facilitator of this kind of community effort and I am so grateful for her and all she does. On our “Conversations with Lorie” page, you can find a link to her video interviews which also include meditations and demonstrations of other self care techniques.
Lorie is also conducting a “Release & Relax Community Meditation & Tapping Meeting” for 30 minutes of community & guided meditation, tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th at 5 PM Pacific Time (7 Central, 8 Eastern).
If you are not familiar with tapping or “EFT” (Emotional Freedom Technique), you can learn more about it on Lorie’s website here: namastehealing.org/emotional-freedom-technique but you don’t need to know anything about it to attend or participate in the group. It may be a little awkward at first but you will get the hang of it quickly and I suspect you will find it as therapeutic as I do or at the very least have fun trying something new with a good group of people. So, do something good for yourself and click here to register (it’s FREE!).
If you have an expertise, a technique, ideas or a story of how you have overcome and managed the challenges in your life that you would like to offer others in the spirit of mutual care through our Amplifire Project network, there are many ways you can do so. E-mail Lorie at Lorie@AmplifireProject.com to set up a video interview with her or reach out to me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com to discuss other options.
You can also join our community through our Facebook Group or by following us on Twitter and reach out to us there. Or leave a comment on this post if you have or know of a resource that could help others during this stressful time.
Lastly, if you are struggling with something specific that you would like to see us address or just need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact me. I’m here to listen.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.