Radical Self Care

A conscious and intentional approach to supporting the body, mind, spirit, and life force towards elevated wellness and well-being. When our own being is well cared for, we are then able to serve, love, and support our fellow beings.

What, Why, How?

Self care is the whole spectrum of activities and efforts that we do everyday to care for and maintain our bodies. This encompasses things as simple as drinking water and brushing our teeth to the more purposeful, such as exercising or getting medical care.

What is radical self care? When you shift the process of self care out of the mundane and into the mindful, you take the first step on a path towards the possibility of greater wellness and radical improvements in your quality of life. 

Radical self care is intentional care for the whole being of our selves. It is the conscious and continuous promotion of wellness for the body as well as the mind and spirit. 

Radical self care is the intentional decision to elevate your self care of the body, mind, or spirit to the next level. This manifests differently for each of us and takes various forms when it comes to care for the body, mind, or spirit.

For the body, this is consuming real, nutrient-rich, and healing foods, physical movement and exercise, and purposeful care of our skin, hair, blood, and organs.

For the mind, this is a decision to be in a state of continuous learning, promoting plasticity, adaptability, and regularly practicing meditation and/or mindfulness.

For the spirit, this is studying and considering our life's purpose, seeking of expanded consciousness, honoring and thoughtfully using and consuming our earth's resources, and connecting physically, emotionally, or intellectually with other beings and energies in any form.

Within radical self care, there is particular consideration for the "energetic body". This is the part of our beings that comprises and sustains our very life force. This is the spark of life that is hard to put into words but we all can sense when it is strong or in contrast, waning in another person. This life force is sometimes referred to as Prana or Qi and by many other names. Every culture throughout the ages has identified this force and understood it's necessity to life.

The process & practices of radical self care feed life force/prana/qi, maintaining and boosting our resilience, stability, durability, and adaptability. Radical self care practices also help us better understand and connect with how our beings use our energy throughout the day or over monthly rhythms. Overtime through radical self care, we can become more attuned to our being's energetic needs and are therefore better able to support ourselves, staying steady and mindful at times of stress or challenge as well as at times of excitement or pleasure.

Radical self care is compatible with any religion or belief paradigm and integrates with practices of varied forms of medicine, including eastern and western approaches to healing the body, mind, and spirit.

Radical self care is a way of living and a lifestyle founded on the pillars of real/whole food nutrition, movement, equanimity (even-temperedness), moderation, mindfulness, compassion, service, honoring life-force, and self-study/practice/training. 

Why radical self care? When wellness and awareness of body, mind, and spirit are nourished and heightened, you are better positioned to accept, adapt, and fully engage in the experiences, challenges, and mysteries that life presents everyday.

Radical self care can help your body, mind, and spirit can become stronger and more resilient.  

Radical self care presents opportunities for designing a more fulfilling and healthful life, sustaining and elevating wellness, finding and creating self-healing, preventing or alleviating disease, sleeping and managing our energy better better, maintaining a healthy weight, feeling a greater sense of contentment or life purpose, and for some of us, being well in spite of illness or injury.

Since the beginning of humanity, radical self care has been necessary for survival of our human species. Now for many of us living in the developed world, it is a privilege and perhaps, still a necessity, given the environmental and lifestyle challenges we currently face.

For most of us, making lifestyle changes and evolving ourselves is both daunting and overwhelming. Where do we start? How do we find the time or money? What will we have to give-up or change? What will other people think and how will we explain it to them?

The best answer to these questions is......to simply begin right now, by deciding that you want to learn more then go one day at a time or one change at a time, lead by example, let yourself fail then begin again, and be open to the possibility that there are many ways to accomplish or obtain any one thing.

Sustainable lifestyle shifts require patience and open-mindedness. The radical self care evolution is a step-wise process of adding new practices into our daily lives while slowly and incrementally letting go of things that no longer serve us. Even when a quicker or more revolutionary approach to lifestyle transformation is desired, radical self care offers a mindful and intentional path that brings a lasting and sustainable higher quality of life.

Why nature's medicine for radical self care? Naturally-occuring organisms are the foundation of our body's nourishment and the original medicine. The healing power of nature is so potent that almost all medicines in use today are derived from the leaves, bark, roots, or seeds of plants or fungi and bacteria, or are synthetic versions of natural substances from these same organisms. Learn more.

From our earliest days, humans have been experimenting with and honing the use of plants, fungi and microorganisms to alleviate and cure our ailments. This work continues today, taking many forms and in diverse places from the kitchens of herbalists to the laboratories of pharmaceutical companies.

--SMRB 2015--