Last updated on 13/08/2021
I’ve had a delicious weekend indulging in (as a participant rather than facilitating) not only one self care workshop but two.
Saturday’s yoga philosophy and self healing with the delightful Zoe Davis (who I met when we and others founded Coastal Communities for Climate Action last autumn).
And Sunday’s Celtic Shamanism and Tree workshop with Puranshant Kaur who I met online when I was planning my move to Westport and who was one of the first people I met when I actually moved here.
Sound baths (Margaret as well as Puranshant – spoiled for choice!), angel meditations, lunar cycle linked workshops, so many yoga offerings, shops (PLURAL – if you’re in town, check out the delightful Wellness Centre and Amber) selling crystals…
The journalist friend who told me that ‘Westport meets all your criteria’ before even I knew all my criteria for moving to Ireland was so so right.
And now that I’m more settled, I’m able to enjoy more of what’s on offer.
If you’re local to Westport and looking for yoga classes, you can find out more about my and others’ offerings HERE
And wherever you’re based, we’re living in amazing times.
A LOT is coming up for healing.
Sunlight may well be the best disinfectant but I don’t know HOW we’re going to heal all the issues from climate change to homelessness, the systemic racism that’s so visible now, sexism, etc etc.
I do know that, as individuals, in families, organisations, communities and nations, our working on ourselves means we’re far less likely to act out and hurt others.
This doesn’t – for a second – mean not resisting injustice, not working for positive change etc. But aiming to do so in a sustainable way.
We can heal ourselves and hold that light and love for others instead of getting trapped in endless cycles of pain and hurt.
We are lucky to have at our fingertips (thanks, internet!) ancient wisdom and healing practices to support us.
Thanks to the wonders of modern science, many ancient practices are now being shown to be evidence based.
We can also connect with others who have similar interests.
Most of what I share regarding self care is trauma sensitive so it’s often things we can do for ourselves.
But, where appropriate, connecting with others is so healing and inspiring.
Wherever you’re based, whatever you’re interested in, you might want to spend a little time researching what’s available in your local area as well as joining supportive online groups.
What appeals to YOU?
More sociable self care doesn’t have to be group based.
It might be one to one – talking to a therapist (get in touch if my approach appeals and you’d like to book a free telephone consultation).
It might be spending more time with a loved one.
If you’d like to, you might want to journal around some sociable self care ideas you are going to take action around or would even like to simply imagine doing.