The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #6 Radical Self Care

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by Cynthia James

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

Radical Self Care means that “I” comes first. It means putting yourself first mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. If you typically put others needs before your own, you may react to this concept with fear. When I started this practice years ago; making exercise, healthy eating, meditation, and prayer a priority in my life, some people became upset. The more you take care of yourself, the more time, compassion, and energy you have for others.

The holiday season can decrease our ability to experience the joy we crave because of the increased demands on our time, expectations we put on ourselves and the responsibility we feel to family and traditions that may no longer serve; perhaps there has been a recent loss causing deep grief.

I encourage you to put yourself first. Discover what nurtures your bliss. Calendar in time for yourself. I like to take hot baths with candles, play music, dance, and read a good book.

Whatever is happening in your life, give thanks and vow to care for your self more deeply than ever before. Journal and create a non-negotiable agreement that you are the most important person in your life. Remember that you are the precious gift.

Cynthia James is a transformational speaker, teacher, author and performing artist.

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The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #6 Radical Self Care
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The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #7 Freedom
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The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #8 Self Love
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