For the past three months I’ve been co-facilitating a long-distance course in self-care for a group of amazing women. They are the kind of women who build schools in rural Nepal, set up innovative programs to fund pediatric cancer care in Africa and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support grass-roots change-makers around the world.
As I’ve talked with these women about what keeps us from making the time to take care of ourselves, I’ve been gentle, supportive and encouraging as they’ve explored their own motivations, doubts and fears.
This week we were talking about how resistant we can sometimes be to doing even the simplest things to take care of ourselves. I shared my own frustration at hearing smart women tell me over and over again that they are too busy (or too tired) to go for a walk or do some yoga. I confessed that sometimes I just want to let loose and tell it straight.
So I did just that. My R-Rated Self-Care Rant, I called it. And they loved it. They asked me to record it so they could play it as their alarm clock in the morning, or have it automatically sound when they’ve been at the computer for more than two hours.
At first I laughed it off. I’m a yoga teacher, after all. I can’t post a recording of myself swearing about taking ‘f$%king care’ of yourself on my website.
And then I remembered that I get the most from my own teachers most when they surprise me with their honesty, when they defy my expectations of them and get so f%$king real that I can’t help but actually hear what they are saying.
So here it is – my R-Rated Self-Care Rant (warning: this is not safe for work if you work within earshot of other people and probably not safe for home if your kids are listening in)
For Stacey Monk and Maggie Doyne: Take F%$king Care of Yourself!
(Just click on the video to play it)
I am afraid there may be more where that came from.
PS: If you missed the free call I did this week on Self Care, Mindfulness and Social Media with Jen Louden, Tara Gentile, Tara Mohr and Bridget Pilloud, you can still sign up here to be sent the recording.