Q – What does Divine Self-Care mean to you?
Divine Self-Care means being in integrity with myself and my purpose. This means following my heart, staying as honest as possible with myself, staying on purpose and doing the best I can to take the right next step, both from a place of self-love and a place of love for others. For me, self-love is a journey along which I am constantly exploring how much more of myself I can accept unconditionally, nurture, extend, expand, explore, and ultimately find peace with.
Q – Was there a time when you did not take care of YOU and how did it affect your life & business?
Yes! There was a time when I was lost from myself. I was addicted to prescription pain and anti-anxiety medication (I was under doctor’s orders) to help address chronic pain. The medication really just made the pain and anxiety grow larger rather than help ease it. I allowed my addiction to pull me away from my Divine nature and from my purpose.
I turned a blind eye to my heart, to my feelings and, even though I knew I was out of integrity with myself, I felt unable to connect back to myself. My life and my work suffered as a result. I had to quit my job and center on my health. I got help quitting my medications and in the process found myself and my integrity again.
Q – What are your top 3 Divine Self-Care tips that women can incorporate into their lives?
Tip 1.) Learn how to own your power. What does this really mean? Stand strong for whatever you know to be the truth for you. Do not allow anyone to move you or shift you away from your truth. Be unwavering. And be content and confident in your voice when speaking your truth.
Tip 2.) There are so many ways to re-connect with yourself … here are a few of my favorites:
Step into Goddess time. This is a simple concept of being more ‘self-ful’ – the opposite of selfish. We need to find a slot of time each day that we dedicate just to ourselves, by ourselves.
Goddess time, coined by Marianne Williamson, is a time when we turn towards loving ourselves in a specific and concrete, defined way. Taking out time after work for a bubble bath is a relaxing activity. Light a few scented candles around the bathroom for added atmosphere and play your favorite music. Have party with yourself! This is the time to love yourself! Just make sure to put a sign on the bathroom door letting everyone know that this is YOUR time and ask them to respect your space by giving you this time to yourself.
Or spend your goddess time meditating in your sacred space in your house. If you haven’t made this bit of space for yourself, enjoy setting this up and check out how this experience feels!
My sacred spot is in the corner of a quiet room where I have placed a small 3′ wide x 2′ high x 2′ deep table. On it, I placed a blue (for tranquility) cloth and on top of that I placed a small Buddha statuette, a crystal, a scented candle and a small brass bowl. I light the candle and strike the bowl with another piece of brass, producing a full, pure sound that begins my meditation time and strike it once more as I end this time.
I do so much better with myself and others when I make sure to pay attention to my connection with the Uni-verse. I am reminded that I am being led along my journey and that my life is a co-creation of myself, others and The Uni-verse – so much greater than myself. A sacred alter in a quiet room serves as a daily reminder that this space is always available to you – whenever you need or want it.
Or rock out to your favorite music for thirty minutes. Dance like you’ve never danced before! Let the free spirit inside of you OUT! Express yourself! Sing at the top of your lungs! Play your favorite instrument! Cut loose and feel! This is YOUR time!
Go for a jog, grab a basket and go gather some flowers (remember to breathe in their elixirs of life as your find them!), step into your garden and witness the energy of life surging within it, go for a walk in the woods and listen to the sounds of nature beckoning through the trees. Put a note out for your house mates to let them know what you’re up to – and go on an adventure! Replenish your thirst for life! Make your goddess time a daily ritual. You’ll be setting a boundary for yourself to bring self-ful time into your day, no matter how many other people you serve throughout the rest of your day.
Tip 3.) Be here now. The present moment is the only moment we all truly have. I cannot change the past and I am not yet in the future. The richness of life is found in being fully present in the now. This is where all possibility and potential lies. ‘Nuff said?
Q – What’s something (fun, silly, surprising) that we can learn about you?
I am a fool for electric guitar music. Give me the old school riffs of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello, Frank Zappa…well you get the idea…and I’m just a happy camper. I really just love to rock out to this music! It really speaks to my soul.
Elizabeth Kipp is a writer, a recovering chronic pain patient, in recovery for opioid and anti-anxiety medication addiction, a patient advocate and is on a mission to empower women generally and patients to discover their own healing powers using the tools she has learned and developed over the last 30 years of her own journey to healing. You can find her on Twitter here and on Facebook here.
Elizabeth and I want to know …
how do you reconnect with YOUR inner Goddess? Is it dancing like nobody is watching, singing at the top of your lungs in the shower, or is it that sacred time meditating by your favorite tree? We’d love to know how YOU get connected and realigned.
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