Self-Care Is Science And Magic


Illustration from around 1882 by S. Barth

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Self-Care Tip #217 – Connect better with ourselves, others and God.

I was watching (and I’m not proud of it), Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010,) while working my stationary bike over.  It is an offshoot of Goethe’s poem, Der Zauberlehrling, written in 1797.

Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) becomes Balthazar’s (Nicolas Cage) apprentice.  Dave asks,

Is sorcery science or magic?

Balthazar replies,

Yes and yes.

This short conversation was potently familiar of our questions regarding the connection between emotional health, behaviors, biology and our essence/spirit.  This affects how we practice self-care.

Is self-care science or magic?

Yes and yes.

That word “magic” makes many of us uncomfortable so if you like, use spiritual or that which is yet not fully known.

The reason this is important to self-care, is that it allows for us to connect better with ourselves, others and God.  Suffering is when we feel alone.

Questions:  Is self-care science or magic?  What does that mean to you?  How have you seen that affecting your quality of life?  Please tell me your story.

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11 thoughts on “Self-Care Is Science And Magic

  1. Mere life is magic. 🙂 It seems to me… If we even just think about it from the point of view of astronomy or physics, we should be left speechless and in awe and in a state of contemplation. So many, many little elements and parts (gravity, distance from the sun, orbit, etc). need to be in the exact correct place for life even to begin to function. Or, we could turn to the known research of biology or chemistry and begin to stand in wonder at how fragile we really are. With physics especially, we become aware of how actual scientific knowledge only opens the door to all we don’t know: we ponder the mysteries of quantum physics, the movements of particles, the way they are entwined across space—to the naked eye, much of that research looks totally magical. The more we learn, the more we understand that Time itself is an artificial construct… So yeah, magic. But science is part of that magic, a lens through which we investigate it.


  2. When one has experienced dreadful depression and anxiety or related conditions to the point of immobilization, incapacitation, even suicidal the relief and hope provided by various therapy protocols is magical. Life can be so different, enjoyable and productive. As we reach varying degrees of restoration we are so thankful for having life again and that is magical and miraculous. It certainly is for me.


    • Perfectly said, Carl! Now, just for the sake of the subject being presented, stick the word that works for science in just before “therapy protocols”, and you’ve covered it all. Healing has been “magical and miraculous” for me, too. Thanks for saying it just right!


  3. what has fixed me the last few days magic probably the reset button as well yer i know its a bad button i love the word magic i love sourcery and stuff like that and stuff that we just dont understand where there is no science to back it up the thing that works for me everything falls apart and its a big blow then i start again but waht starts that go again i do not understand


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