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Play and Self Care

Mar 07, 2014 04:36AM

As women, we give a lot of energy to the people around us. Women can be good listeners, nurturing to their families and compassionate toward their friends. As women, we need to be careful not to overdo our caring for others while neglecting ourselves. It is important that we communicate our desires, hopes and needs and not wait for others to read our minds. Part of being a conscious communicator is expressing ourselves in ways that are honoring of who we are as an individual, knowing that our personal needs are as important as the needs of those around us. 

Ultimately, the most important communication is the communication that we have with ourselves. What is our subconscious trying to get across to us? How comfortable are we with silence? How comfortable are we in our bodies? Are we taking the time to self-care? When was the last time we took time out to play? Playing is an important part of our health—genuinely playing–like we did as children. Play lightens the heart, releases endorphins, liberates creativity, leads to authentic expression and helps us to know ourselves better.

During this year’s Women’s History Month and as we head toward spring, resolve to give yourself a say of play. Treat yourself to an ice cream without worrying about the calories, skip on the sidewalk in front of your house, invite your friends to a tea party—just take time to have fun.  You’ll be glad you did.

Milagros Phillips has been a sound shaman/teacher and a Reiki master/teacher for 20 years, diversity/race healing consultant for over 30 years and is a multi-talented artist and an intuitive.  She is a coach and leads retreats for self-care and transformation. For more information, visit:

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