You know what self-care is but do you practice soul care?
Masks, massages, and manicures all have something in common besides starting with the letter M. They are all forms of self-care.
Painting your nails, covering your face in a charcoal scrub, or getting a rub down are more superficial (albeit still awesome) forms of caring for yourself. However, there are different ways to take your self-care practice from surface level to skin deep.
Let’s explore how these types of self-care activities can become a spiritual form of soul care.
What’s the Difference Between Self-Care and Soul Care?
Self-care means taking measures to ensure your emotional, mental, and physical health. Soul care means believing you are worthy and deserving of those measures for your spiritual health, well-being, and evolution.
Self-care is the actual doing of the thing: moving your body in yoga, reading that book, or taking a walk. Soul care is the feeling you get when doing the thing: joy, freedom, peace, or fulfillment.
Self-care is about embracing our physicality in human form while we are here on this earth and engaging our bodies with all of our senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch). Soul care is allowing our spirit to guide us to enriching life experiences that feel good, exciting, and nourishing.
Choose acts of self-care today that will make your heart smile in fondness when recollected in your soul’s next lifetime.
The term “self-care” can make it sound like it’s a selfish act. We often refer to it as “me time.” However, it is quite the opposite. Caring for your soul can be referred to as “we time” because it is a deep level of understanding that how we care for ourselves affects the entire world’s soul.
The experiences we create for ourselves on earth will ultimately be uploaded into the iCloud of the universe (AKA collective consciousness) to be downloaded as needed by other humans on their path of growth.
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Therefore, the more we create experiences in our own lives that make us feel happy, loved, and content, the more of that same good energy we emit into the ethers to be shared by all.
Here Are 11 Ways to Practice Soul Care:
Self-care is made up of tangibles – actual things you can touch with your fingers, made of scientific matter in life (like creams, salts, massage stones, diffusers, bubbles, journals, and candles).
Soul care is made up of intangibles – things in life that truly matter (like love, gratitude, and what you can’t quite put your finger on).
Here are some examples of when self-care meets soul care.
1. Laugh Hard
Having a sense of humor and telling a joke is self-care. Laughing uncontrollably from the core of your essence is caring for your soul.
2. Savor Food
Cooking a meal is self-care. Savoring every bite and being consumed by the love that went into preparation is literally food for your soul.
3. Release Energy
Writing in a journal is self-care. Releasing stagnant energy and negative thought patterns is soul care.
4. Chase Your Dreams
Sleeping is self-care. Understanding that you create your reality and you can make your dreams come true is soul care.
5. Honor Your Boundaries
Saying “no thank you” to invites you don’t want to partake in is self-care. Trusting your instinct and honoring your boundaries is soul care.
6. Surrender Control
Meditation is self-care. Being receptive to insight gained from your meditation practice and surrendering control is soul care.
Going outside in nature is self-care. Believing in your true nature as a limitless, infinite being who is connected to everyone and everything is soul care.
Reading a book is self-care. Changing a belief as a result of words that resonated with you on that page or applying the knowledge you consumed in a way that’s going to help you grow is soul care.
9. Embody Strength
Exercising your body is self-care. Embodying strength is soul care.
Drinking water is self-care. Flowing with the natural current of life without resistance is food for your soul.
11. Let Your Spirit Sing
Listening to music is self-care. A singing heart and free dancing spirit is soul care.
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Self-Care Is Fleeting – Soul Care Is Forever
The face mask washes off. The nail polish eventually chips. The walk ends. The hot bath gets cold. The meal disappears into your belly.
Self-care can be fleeting in this way. It is temporary. We all have an expiration date; we will all fade back to black. Our bodies will die but our souls will live forever, imprinted with our memories and feelings.
So choose acts of self-care today that you can store in your soul’s memory bank. Choose acts of self-care today that will make your heart smile in fondness when recollected in your soul’s next lifetime. Choose acts of self-care today that you want to take as your soul’s souvenir into the great beyond.
Remember to dance like you don’t give a damn, to shout “I love you” to your reflection in a mirror at the top of your lungs, and to be in jaw-dropping awe witnessing a rainbow or the big ball of fire known as the sun in the sky.
Do these self-care practices, but more importantly, be grateful, curious, inspired, and present while you still have a physical presence. Your soul will thank you infinitely for caring.