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Inspiration: The Essence of Self-care

by Kate Siner

According to author Caroline Myss, “the self” that we talk about today is an idea that emerged in the nuclear age. By the 1950s, psychology and psychoanalysis became a way of thinking about people and their behavior.  In turn, the rich inner-life that we all experience became just as real as our outer-world.

This new way of thinking about “the self” ushered in the birth of self-care. Until the 1950s people didn’t talk about self-care. They didn’t think about balancing their everyday life demands with things that foster their well-being. Fast forward to today, and self-care is a multi-billion dollar industry and an everyday conversation.

However, the conversation about self-care often leaves out one major thing: inspiration. Inspiration is more than just happening upon a clever idea. It expresses our creativity and forges a path to real change in ourselves in our world. When we’re inspired, we feel alive.

Ideas about self-care are mostly directed at how to eat, exercise, or think positively and less toward how to get inspired. Yet, without inspiration, we can’t feed the spirit and nurture our soul, which is the essence of self-care. Self-care is all about honoring and caring for ourselves in ways that matter most. When we’re able to practice self-care, our lives become less of one huge to-do list and more of a field of abundant meaning and joy.

It’s too easy to let days slip by where we’re distracted from what matters most. Spend an hour each week doing an activity that makes you feel more inspired, and before long your spirit will feel more nourished, too.

Dr. Kate Siner is an educator, facilitator and author, with a Ph.D. in psychology. Siner has developed a series of successful personal development programs, newest of which is her Master Transformational Coaching Training. Learn more at See ad, page ??.

Creative Ways to Bring About Inspiration
Write a poem.
Notice the tiny, beautiful details of something and let your thoughts wander.
Give an impromptu gift that will make someone’s day.
Move around; it can stimulate a freer flow of ideas.
Block out time and dedicate a space that is for creative work only.
Expose yourself to nature.
Reduce clutter, and take a break from technology.
Try different settings—some prefer quiet; others thrive on noise and bustle. Some need solitude; others find collaboration, or simply being around others, indispensable.