Don’t be afraid of self-care.
Self-care is Christian and scientific. I have awareness of the culture that frowns on taking bad behavior out of the church and into the laboratory.
A few days ago we talked about self-care not being selfish. That circuitously brought up the question about how “the church” feels about this blog.
Confusing “the church” with Christianity can be problematic. I have confused them in the past.
When my brother started talking evolution, I felt cold and clammy suddenly. After my mini-panic attack, he told me about reading the entire works of Darwin and I had another mini-panic attack. “There’s no way evolution didn’t happen. There’s just too much evidence supporting it.” I was confused.
It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to be worried about differences between me, science and God. Funny that my comfort level grew with this as I realized how little I knew. In fact, my joy expanded, when I realized I would spend all eternity growing my knowledge. That is a lot of everything that just won’t fit into any box I can think of.
Now when something crashes through a pet-paradigm, I remember that it’s ok. (Down fear! Get down anxiety! Heal dogs!) I may see a different reality. Parts of me may become changed by that knowledge, trauma, death of a dear one. Becoming changed and different is ok. Because God is the same. God already knows whatever about evolution, or that the world is round. He knows that we try to turn medical symptoms into something spiritual, like depressed mood. He knows it and He’s still here. He is the prototype of presence. Now that people can look into the brain and say where feelings and behaviors come from, we can get past that and on to the next revelation. So what if it is medicalized. Science and spirituality are not exclusive of each other.
So is self-care Christian or scientific? Things aren’t that binary. Self-care is both.
Self-Care Tip #84 – Don’t be afraid of self-care. Be a friend to yourself.