The Alphabet of Self Care


"Mother Earth" by Ballance from Vancouver Island, Canada
One of my favorite paintings.

I have been working on writing different types of poetry now for years.  At the end of last year, I wrote this “alphabet poem” about self care.  Included in this poem are the foci of what I believe and share about self care.  I hope you enjoy!

The Alphabet of Self Care

Accept all of you – you will teach others how to do the same

Breathe – it expands your consciousness and awareness

Crying is cleansing – don’t let anyone tell you differently

Deliberately live – choices are in every experience

Experience life – it is going to happen anyways

Filters protect – but listening without them reaps better connections

Gift yourself with the journey – it is worth it

Honoring self is a gift to you, others, and the world

Intuition and intellect go hand in hand – you have both, honor that in you

Journey into the above and below – you can’t know you without knowing all truth

Kindness with others is easier – how about kindness with self

Laugh when you are able – it does more than feel good

Moment by moment is always a new beginning

No good, bad, right, or wrong – judgment leads to shame – shame keeps you stuck

Overflow grace to self – self criticism serves no purpose

Practice patience – patiently practice

Quietly listen – the heart will speak

Rest – nothing to fear…and it brings rejuvenation

Singing brings a new vibration to the soul

Treat yourself as if you have all the time in the world for you

Upstream doesn’t get you there

Validate and honor actions – there is always a reason

Worth is a man-made concept – accept that you are worth it and move on

Xenial – be hospitable to self as you would a stranger

You, you, you  – it is all about you

Zero in on the things that are important to you – so much time is wasted on what we think is expected

©Kristin Kennedy, 2011

 

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15 Replies to “The Alphabet of Self Care”

      1. A poster is a great idea (or even a postcard to sent to a special friend who needs those words).

  1. Could I share this in my counseling course I’m teaching. Of course, I’ll be documenting giving credit to your work!

      1. *The Alphabet of Self Care*

        *A*ccept all of you – you will teach others how to do the same

        *B*reathe – it expands your consciousness and awareness

        *C*rying is cleansing – don’t let anyone tell you differently

        *D*eliberately live – choices are in every experience

        *E*xperience life – it is going to happen anyways

        *F*ilters protect – but listening without them reaps better connections

        *G*ift yourself with the journey – it is worth it

        *H*onoring self is a gift to you, others, and the world

        *I*ntuition and intellect go hand in hand – you have both, honor that in you

        *J*ourney into the above and below – you can’t know you without knowing all truth

        *K*indness with others is easier – how about kindness with self

        *L*augh when you are able – it does more than feel good

        *M*oment by moment is always a new beginning

        *N*o good, bad, right, or wrong – judgment leads to shame – shame keeps you stuck

        *O*verflow grace to self – self criticism serves no purpose

        *P*ractice patience – patiently practice

        *Q*uietly listen – the heart will speak

        *R*est – nothing to fear…and it brings rejuvenation

        *S*inging brings a new vibration to the soul

        *T*reat yourself as if you have all the time in the world for you

        *U*pstream doesn’t get you there

        *V*alidate and honor actions – there is always a reason

        *W*orth is a man-made concept – accept that you are worth it and move on

        *X*enial – be hospitable to self as you would a stranger

        *Y*ou, you, you – it is all about you

        *Z*ero in on the things that are important to you – so much time is wasted on what we think is expected

        ©Kristin Kennedy, 2011

        Integrative Thought. *The Alphabet to Self Care.* Retrieved at https://integrativethought.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/the-alphabet-of-self-care/

        I’m a PhD student teaching as a graduate assistant with Capella. On Tuesday I provide “Tuesday Tips” and today I was going to focus on self-care. This was a beautiful piece you created! I will not share it without your permission though. Thanks!

        On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 8:32 AM, Integrative Thought wrote:

        > Kris Kennedy commented: “Hi Jen, yes…can you tell me where you teach? > Can you forward a copy of the document you create? Thanks. Best wishes” >

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