Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the fifth of my photo essay series featuring images from YourCreativeChord’s newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
The essence of this photo is the positive effect of nourishment from self-care. This wonderful demonstration by a small, black and orange moth feeding itself brings home the critical necessity of taking care of oneself. Soaking up the leisurely way this winged insect approaches the echinacea bloom is meditational, bringing a sense of rest and calm.
How well we take care of ourselves is also a pivotal part of our ecosystem. If we allow ourselves to get run down, losing balance between work and rest, or between spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness, the beauty and vitality of our lives will fade. Interacting with those around us in this low state makes things difficult for everyone.
When we neglect ourselves, it becomes too easy to react negatively to others who aren’t practicing self-care. Entering a situation with less than a full cup makes us more susceptible to the darkness that others bring to the moment.
A sure barometer of my inner condition is how I respond to the gloom of others or unavoidable daily stresses. I’ve noticed when I make my own balance a priority, taking care of my health and especially my spiritual core, I’m better able to respond with wisdom, compassion and positivity.
Since it’s inevitable that we’ll continuously face both arduous situations and people in our lives, I’m learning the key to creating positive value is taking care of myself first. It’s not selfish or ego-centered to place a priority on polishing my character to bring my best forward. In fact, taking care of myself enables me to more deeply and energetically care for the plight of others in the world.
The brilliant saturation of color and vibrant light in this garden image reminds me how nurturing oneself brings power, joy and beauty to ourselves and those in our environment. My hope is this picture gives you pause to reflect on the importance of self-care. The potential influence you have on others depends on this.
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