Philosophy on Attending to the Self
All of us have an innate need to be connected our Inner Self. This is the Self that is the “real” us, the Self that lies deep in our bellies and guides our thoughts and actions. It’s the Self we show to our true friends and close family. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is from where our Qi (pronounced “Chee”), our vital life energy, flows. Your Self is nourished by people and activities that bring you joy and taxed by irritating people or situations.
You can think about your Self like a bank. Deposits are made with meditation, gentle exercise, nutritious food, restorative sleep, our deepest passions, and time in community with those whom we cherish. Withdrawals are made by everything else – laundry, mundane tasks at work, arguing with our partner, disciplining our kids –the list goes on and on. Attending to your spiritual Self is finding more deposits than withdrawals.
One of the best ways to attend to the Self is with mind-body medicine. Mind-body medicine includes everything from movement-based meditations like yoga and Tai Chi to religious meditations like prayer or Bible study to mindfulness meditation. It does not matter how you connect to that deeper part of yourself. It only matters that you do.