Posted by: Cathy | June 8, 2015

Self-care: Gift from the Gods

Statue of Minerva riding a Lion in Venice, Italy - photo by Cathy Carpenter, October 2012

Statue of Minerva riding a Lion in Venice, Italy – photo by Cathy Carpenter, October 2012

As you read this, I’m in Italy on vacation. I’ve long been interested in Greco-Roman mythology, and I wanted to talk about self-care today, so let’s talk about receiving a self-care gift from the gods.

In ancient Greek and Roman culture, there were countless gods and goddesses governing different social or natural phenomena. How do you pick which god or goddess to invoke? Tune in to what you need in this moment; maybe fresh air, rest, creativity, music, or connection. Make up your own god or goddess to represent what would nourish you and enjoy giving yourself what you need as a tribute to him or her. Turn it into a ritual to honor yourself and the essence of your nurturing gift.

You can create your own personal mythology of supportive guides and gods. Borrow one or many from a specific tradition that appeals to you, or make them all up as you go. Invite divine support as you take good care of yourself; make it a divine partnership activity.

Today, as I relax on a beach of the Mediterranean Sea, I am enjoying support from Neptune (sea), Apollo (sun), and later Bacchus (wine)!

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