Are you thinking, “What’s the big deal? I just clicked a button to read an article.”
And that’s the point. You did something; you made a choice. Whether it was conscious or not, it’s a step toward conscious self-care.
Are you someone who:
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this 6-part, “Conscious Self-Care” blog series is for you! In each article, we’ll explore personal insights and action steps to unlock patterns of behavior that keep us from making conscious self-care choices.
This series is for those who want to:
I was curious to ask the questions above because I answered, “Yes” to each one of those questions until a breast cancer diagnosis gave me an excuse to finally take care of myself. Yes, it took a cancer diagnosis for me to slow down and remember how to love myself. It was during this journey to love that I realized self-care happens one conscious choice at a time. Unexpected life lessons created my path to conscious self-care, and I’m honored to share some of those life lessons with you in this series.
Not feeling worthy of self-care is often a deep subconscious belief that keeps us trapped in familiar patterns of caring for others before taking time to care for ourselves.
Below is an excerpt from my book, Loving Life…All of It – A Walk with Cancer, Compassion, and Consciousness:
“Prior to my diagnosis, I really didn’t take time to listen to my body, or love myself in the way I loved others. As a mother, wife, daughter, friend, colleague, and all the other roles I played, I always put everyone else before me. In the beginning my diagnosis was an “excuse” to begin reversing that pattern of putting others first. The “excuse” quickly transformed into conscious loving choices of self-care as I remembered that one of my main lessons during this journey was to learn how to receive love for myself. It started by my willingness to simply slow down and listen inside…
I asked myself, “Where did this pattern of putting other people first originate?” When I was 35 years old, I decided to find my birth mother. I knew there was a possibility of her not wanting to meet me, so I prepared myself for this possible rejection by working with various healing techniques to bring old patterns to my awareness. It was an eye-opening experience to realize how much of my outwardly loving actions were actually motivated from a place of fear. I was nice to everyone because on some deep unconscious level, I “didn’t want them to give me away.” My journal writings from 2009 brought deeper levels of this behavior to my awareness; my unconscious fear of being “rejected by my creator”; my feelings of unworthiness around my own birth; and my fears of abandonment. These unconscious cellular vibrational aspects within my body had been motivating my actions and choices for years. It was time to recognize the old patterns of behavior and choose more loving choices for myself; knowing and believing that I am worthy and deserving.
Quiet time for reflection:
Take a few moments to write down any feelings, thoughts, insights, and connections that come to your awareness.”
Whatever your reason, something inside of you was ready to take a step, ready to read an article, ready to explore more possibilities, and ready for you to believe that you are worthy and deserving of conscious self-care.
Thank you for trusting yourself, clicking that button, and saying yes to taking time for you.
Remember: Self-care happens one conscious choice at a time. I look forward to walking this journey with you.
Loving Life…All of it,
Amy Camie, CCM
This article was originally published on The Wellness Universe
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