Outer Care and Inner Care

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Outer 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?

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.

Go further:

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life by Amos Smith 

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault

Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz

Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength by April Yamasaki

Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm  by Steve Austin

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