OUTER CARE AND INNER CARE
-We workout at the gym for both strength and cardio work.
-We watch what we eat.
-We visit the doctor for our annual checkup.
-We wear a new pair of clothes.
-We buy comfortable sneakers.
-We feel good about our recent haircut.
-We enjoy a massage.
These are all forms of outer care.
What about inner care?
-Do you take the time to rest and relax?
-Do you journal your thoughts, dreams and goals?
-Do you take a walk?
-Do you watch the sun rise or set?
-Can you sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea?
-Do you take the time to read a good novel?
-Do you enjoy a meal with friends or family where you will talk, listen and enjoy each other’s company?
It is important to balance your outer care with inner care.
One way I practice inner care is a form of silent prayer called Centering Prayer.
Centering prayer tends to and nourishes my innermost soul.
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