Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. – Audre Lorde (black feminist)
How do you tend your temple? What does self-care mean to you? Do you get it from a jar of cold cream, a spa vacation or is it an internal construct? And how does it manifest in your daily life? I think self-care starts from a place of being aware of our worthiness. Once we understand that we are worthy and deserving of a whole relationships with ourselves, we make the time and effort to tend to all facets of our temple – mind, body, spirit, emotions.
Listen to my conversation on self care and the black woman with Mellany Paynter of Mellany Motivates . In this episode of the Coffee & Conversation series on Tending the Temple – Black Women & Self Care, we explore how ideas like the strong black woman prevent black women from easily embracing self care, the origins of self-care, how self-care is being co-opted into a marketable product, how self-care can become a way of life, and much more.
Here are some links, etc. mentioned in our conversation:
- Audre Lorde wiki
- A Burst of Light – by Audre Lorde
- A History of Self Care
- Mellany Motivates
Other posts in the Tending the Temple – Self Care & The Black Woman series
Here’s another interesting perspective on the topic of self care and here’s a video of me being interviewed about self care and my domestic violence story. Thoughts, ideas, questions? Chime in below in the comment sections. Let’s get a conversation going!