how to nurture yourself when you’re taking care of others

Tending the things around us and becoming sensitive to the importance of home, daily schedule, and maybe even the clothes we wear, are ways of caring for the soul.

when we think about “taking care of the soul”, it comes to our mind images of an introspective work from us to ourselves, and not from us to others.

however, taking care of whoever is around us is also taking care of ourselves, because external aspects influence our internal world. it is also by external factors that we give evidence to our personality, so it is important to look at the material world not as trivial, but as a tool to reach our internal well-being.

this quote from the same book, illustrates it very clearly:

“soul” is not a thing, but a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves.

we live in the material world, more than that:

the material world is the expression of our souls. it is its substance.

we can only experience life through our bodies. it is the senses that brings the reality, the phenomenons, the happenings to our minds, that hence will feed and shape our soul.

in the end, it’s a cycle. the reality shapes our soul and our soul shapes our reality.

but let’s go back to the action of taking care of the soul and how it happens.

there are many ways to do it: through our body, minds, environment or other people. but we rarely address the last two, don’t we?

we have self-care routines with long baths, nice creams, good books and calm spaces. we set up morning routines, to-do lists, new habits.

but we don’t think of helping others as helping ourselves. or to clean our spaces as cleaning our souls.

and maybe that’s a huge gap in our lives. which minimalism and simple living addresses.

so, in which way helping the one by your side makes you feel better? // how can you transform the places you are, and use, and pass by? // how do you spread your magic, so more of it can enter your soul?

some can say this is egoism masked as altruism. but every kind of altruism is. we help each other because it benefits us. collaboration means going further, faster and better.

if you didn’t feel god for helping another soul, i would think you’re a sociopath. (; feeling good is our motivation to keep going, to keep doing, and to keep being kind.

and since we are on this keep thing…

a hand pushing another hand: helping.

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vector of a venetian mask



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p. s. did you know that i struggle with self-care? but this book (^ ^ up) is making wonders! you can have a sneak-peek hereFlyLady is awesome too.


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