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A Vow of Self-Care

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How can we take care of ourselves? How can we be present with all that’s arising in and around us? Is it safe to be fully present amidst a life that offers many moments of joy, peace, ease alongside grief, injustice, and sorrow?

Buddhist teacher Mushim Patricia Ikeda shares a “Great Vow for Mindful Activists” in Lion’s Roar:

Aware of suffering and injustice, I, _________, am working to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. I promise, for the benefit of all, to practice self-care, mindfulness, healing, and joy. I vow to not burn out.

I encourage us all to make a vow in these challenging times, a vow to take excellent care of ourselves, our communities, our earth. A vow to engage in the deepest care possible. What does that kind of care look like for you?

In the aforementioned article, Ikeda mentions: “Healing. Rest. Self-care. Restorative justice. Restorative yoga. Trauma-informed dynamic mindfulness. Compassion. Love. Community healing.”

A few more: Being in nature. Generosity. Service. Gratitude. Forgiveness. Simplicity. Letting go. Boundaries. Laughter. Creativity. Retreat. Physical activity. Nutrition. Mental health care. Play. Radical Self-love. Beginning again.

And countless other forms of care…

If we all took a vow of self-care and prioritize it in our lives, I can only imagine the ripple effect of care it would have in the world.

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