Self care and the black woman

Self care and the black woman

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:

  1. Audre Lorde wiki
  2. A Burst of Light – by Audre Lorde
  3. A History of Self Care
  4. Mellany Motivates
  5. FemmePowered

Other posts in the Tending the Temple – Self Care & The Black Woman series

  1. Tending the temple
  2. Life-editing and self care

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!

Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2018.


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