I am writing a series of blog-posts outlining self-care in which we examine the tenets of self-care:
- Introduction to self-care
- moral neutrality (Today’s topic)
- patient-doctor relationship/connection
Self-Care Tip #263 – Experience, use, observe and interpret emotions, but don’t moralize them.
We sometimes forget about the involved journey to a healthy Me. Because of this, we become fearful that it means alone-care, apart-from-God-care, selfish-care, excluding experienced-and-professional-input-care and so on. It’s not. Self-care is collaborative, yet that doesn’t negate the fact that it must start and end with Me.
When we take care of “Me,” we can connect more with others, including God, have more inside of us to give to others, and have more interest in the world around. The opposite disables our abilities to do those things. No one can give what she doesn’t have.
We have this person, “Me,” to take care of. This “Me” is valuable, of high priority, to be celebrated and cheered on.
Please, shake it off. Self-care is not a moral issue. It just is. It is a choice, a freedom and an opportunity. It is not about salvation and has no influence on our worth. It just is.
We are more willing to buy into the, “It just is,” self-care tool when we understand where emotions and behaviors come from – the brain. This biological stance is the evidence for deescalating our drive to moralize emotions and behaviors. They are not from an aura, a gear we can shift, or any nidus of control outside of our human bodies. Emotions are how we interpret the world around us. They are not linked to morality. Please don’t take them to the pulpit. If you do, I will still be polite, although breathing through a mask.
Emotions are our interpretive lens for our physical self.
Questions: How’s the clarity of your lens holding out after considering this part of self-care? What influence does what you “see” with your emotions have on your ability to befriend yourself? Please tell me your story.
- Emotions – The Sixth Sense and Moralizing Self-Care (friendtoyourself.com)
- Is there a role for science in morality? (openparachute.wordpress.com)
- How Religion Contorts Morality: Respected Theologian Defends Genocide and Infanticide (gretachristina.typepad.com)