Imagine this wellness wheel is a pie that you bought and it's filled with everything you love. You've fixated on buying it for weeks and are debating if you should share it with anyone or keep it to yourself. You can't wait to take a piece of it and even eat more than one piece. But you know the guilt of eating too much will come after you have finished.
This is true about how we feel about our wellness and self-care. There are so many options to choose from and we feel if everything we love is in the pie then we will feel fulfilled and happy. And maybe we find that one piece leads to another and we end up feeling guilty for indulging too much or are hungry for a different pie.
The truth is that not all wellness is good for us and not all self-care tools are ingredients that we need to have a fulfilling pie. We have to take a look at ourselves, find the imbalances, and start to move one piece at a time. We have to slowly make our way through this first piece and reflect on how we feel before we can fully move on to the next piece.
The wellness wheel above allows us to do this. It gives us the opportunity to look at all parts of our life and see where we need to take the first step. There has to be balance between indulging in ourselves and learning to know when we are full.
It helps us enjoy our piece, but also learn that it is okay to share with others. We have to take our piece, work through it, and be able to freely be happy to share the rest with others. What we see in the wellness or self-care industry doesn't paint this picture. Yes, we have to fulfill our needs first, but it leaves out the piece about sharing with others. That we only need to take what we need and not make it solely about what is happening with us.
When we truly use this wheel and work through the unhappy hard stuff, then we can fully give to those around us. That is the goal of true balance and finding our little bit of 'piece' in the world.
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Molly Sommerhalder, Owner of Swan in the Lotus Yoga and Wellness, LLC
Swan in the Lotus came to me after years of connection to myself and my Goddess, Saraswati. My blog will provide inspiration to travel with courage on this life journey and provide lessons to find joy, love and self-care!