Healthy relationships that have proper boundaries are nourishing.
SIX – Feed Your Self Love
Humans cannot live without love. The need is inherent. You and I were created to receive love and to give love. To others and to ourselves.
How do you feed love to your inner-life? By learning to love yourself, and practicing *self-care.
Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself. Remind yourself how much God loves you. Take proper care of yourself by getting sleep, eating well, doing things you enjoy and even *celebrating yourself.
Feed love to your inner-life and watch it flow out to others more.
SEVEN – Self-Awareness & Self-Care
This can be challenging at first to cultivate if it is a foreign thought. This isn’t self-absorption or self-preoccupation. The two work together.
Self-awareness is listening to yourself: what you are thinking, what you are saying, what you believe etc. It’s paying attention to what you need to do for yourself and noticing how you feel.
Self-care then takes that information and addresses the need instead of avoiding it. It’s knowing when it’s time to *return to your comfort zone.
Becoming more self-aware will help you know how to nourish your inner-life.
EIGHT – Being Able to Trust
Trust is made up of faith and hope. It takes time to develop strong trust. Trauma destroys it. But it can be rebuilt inside of your inner-life.
Worry, ruminating and betrayal tear down trust. Having a healthy trust muscle empowers you: to find meaning in failure, to have a silver lining mentality, and to believe things will work out when something goes awry.
Having strong trust in *one who is trustworthy gives you deep roots.
NINE – Sense of Purpose
Just as humans need to receive love the inverse is also Giving to others, serving others, and sometimes personally sacrificing for others feeds the inner-life purpose.
The saying “it’s better to give than to receive” is true. However this doesn’t mean to make yourself a doormat. Reread about being part of a community if your trauma triggers you here.
Purpose that flows out of a healthy inner-life multiplies the satisfaction.
TEN – Continual Growth
When your inner-life starts to stagnate, malnourishment returns and you start to die inside. You are a living thing and living things grow.
It’s nourishing to your soul keep learning.
Your mind needs to be challenged. It needs problems to solve, things to figure out.
Your emotions need to be listened to and addressed. They grow through the exercise of leaving and returning to the comfort zone. They need to practice forgiveness.
Your will needs to exercise choices. Your spirit needs to exercise faith.
A healthy thriving inner-life is continually growing.
- Where do you want to start? I challenge you to pick at least one way listed and start feeding your inner life to thrive.
- Let me know which one (or ones) you chose in the comments.
Written by: Danielle Bernock Originally appeared on: Daniellebernock.com Republished with permission.