For those of us who are passionate, dedicated, full on change makers, self-care can sometimes go amiss. Dr William Bloom, Findhorn Fellow and pioneer of the first fully accredited qualification course of its kind on the Ofqual register, The Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness, reminds us of the importance of investing a little care and attention in our own good health….
“Self-care as preventative medicine is not new. In classical Chinese medicine the art of being in a friendly clinical relationship with your own body is considered the foundation of good health. There is even a clear set of instructions on precisely how to conduct this practice. At its heart is a relaxed and friendly attitude towards your own body.
“Sometimes this self-care practice is translated from Chinese as The Inner Smile, which may sound quirky to a cynical ear. But unpack the Inner Smile and we can see that it meshes extremely well with a modern understanding of the integration of brain, nervous system, endocrine system and gut ecology. The Inner Smile is in fact a good example of mind-body-spirit medicine, psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI), put into practice.
“If our attitude is friendly and affectionate – like a good parent with a loved infant – then the neural signal is reassuring and soothing. This triggers a cocktail of wellbeing hormones: endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. This relaxes tissues and supports an open and flowing system of good health. The long-term benefits for you and those around you are immense.”
Read about the full practice and get those wellbeing hormones flowing….
William will be presenting his Diploma course in Practical Spirituality and Wellbeing at Findhorn College starting in October.