There is medicine to be found within us, just waiting to be awakened.
Sensual self-care has for a long time been a sacred practice for me. It offers me deep centering, sovereignty, emotional balance, and energetic rejuvenation. Creativity is effortlessly inspired. This inner church is an ever-present gateway to commune directly with Source. And whenever I feel physically confined, the practice helps me to tap into a infinitely spacious space inside.
Sensual self-care helps me to show up in my intimate and community relationships from a place of satiation and abundance, loaded up with magnetic "energetic honey," rather than seeking to fill a void. I like it like that.
What is sensual self care?
Sensual self is any experience that brings healthy and sustainable bliss to our body, mind, and soul. It activates passion and peace at once. It is mindful pleasure—as activism, for this deeper kind of sacred pleasure is a powerful antidote to the toxic patriarchy and the many ways it manifests in our individual bodies.
It helps us to feel good in our skin, awaken through our senses, and fully enter the present moment.
More, degenerative stress biochemicals like cortisol are instantly transformed into endogenous love potions like oxytocin.
Sensual self-care as recovery.
For me, sensual self-care is also a vital part of my ongoing recovery from the human condition. We ALL suffer from addictive tendencies, at one time or another and to one degree or another. I am a survivor of eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and addictive patterns.
In addition to being a catalyst for self-love, sensual self-care allows for a healthy expression of sensual energy. I've found that most recovery programs completely ignore these healthy human needs. In my experience, neglecting sensual needs is one important factor (among others) that can contribute to addiction.
Sensual self-care has been so vital for my own well-being that it is a core topic in my 1:1 mentoring programs and Spirit-Led Recovery course.
More important than ever...
We are collectively experiencing an apocalypse. But don't fret. Consider the context: Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning "revelation" or "an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling." I pray that we are all being thrust into a rapid unleveling. We have to. We must balance our relationship to nature and the eco-system, clearly. And it all begins within, creating sustainable conditions for our own bodies and minds. As above, so below. The macrocosm responds to the microcosm.
Furthermore, many of us are facing this journey of quarantine and uncertainly alone. We are missing nourishing touch, passion, and intimacy. And even if we are blessed to have a partner, it may be more like living in a pressure cooker together at times, and we may still be missing all those same elements as those who are going solo.
Since quarantine, mental health and addiction issues have spiked and may worsen unless there is greater access to support. Alcohol sales in the United States have surged 27% in the months following mass quarantine.
This is an unprecedented time, at least in our lifetime, and it calls for unprecedented self-care among other holistic support systems.
photo by Savana Shanti
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