“How well am I bringing love to the world in this state of exhaustion?”
What if we learned to live and give from a selfull life?
Selfullness– Filling the self from the inside so that authenticity overflows to the outside or fulfilling the values which motivate healthy outward action.
Picture a life where your needs and desires matter; in fact, they are really important. It is a life where you eat well and work out because you honor the needs of your body. You say “no” to another volunteering opportunity at the school so you can meet up with some of your closest friends. You stay home when you are sick and take a vacation when you need it. Not a life filled with obligation, guilt, and duty, but one of fullness… creating a life that works for you as well as those you love.
When we are full inside the ways in which we give love back to the world are much more full, rich, and meaningful to both the giver and receiver. This is the practice of selfullness. Here are the top 5 ways to becoming a selfull person:
You may have a need for close friends or consistent exercise in your life. You may have a desire for travel or to take time to be in nature. You may love to cook or paint or sing. Somehow you never seem to find time for these life-giving activities. These are really important things for you to do to be well in this world. Start a list of 10 things you need or desire in your life. These should be things that make you feel ALIVE and FULL. Now go out and do them. No excuses – even if you have to start slowly by adding them in one at a time. This is your life; you best enjoy it.
Author: Micah McLaughlin is a Naturopathic Practitioner specializing in the integration of the body and mind. In 2008 he founded Continuum Healing, a holistic health clinic located in Grand Rapids, MI.