Jul 22 2022
Breath And Light: A Guided Meditation with Hillary McBride for Self-Care Day
July 24 is designated Self-Care Day by the World Health Organization as part of Self-Care Month (June 24 - July 24). This symbolic day (24/7) was chosen because "self-care can be practiced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." As an encouragement to practice self-care, we at Sanctuary are happy to offer this new meditation from registered psychologist, author, and Sanctuary Ambassador Hillary McBride, PhD. Self-care can take many forms depending on the individual. In The Sanctuary Course, self-care is defined as any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health (this definition comes from Elizabeth Scott’s “5 Self-Care Practices for Every Area of Your Life,” published by Verwell Mind). In session seven of The Sanctuary Course, you can find more information about self-care and practices that support mental health and wellbeing. We encourage you to take ten minutes of quiet space to listen to this guided meditation, which includes a breathing and imaginative exercise to focus your mind and body. Meditation is a practice that can be beneficial for reducing stress and promoting mental and emotional health, as well as having other positive effects. Christians in particular have practiced meditation for centuries as a way of drawing closer to God. We encourage you to listen to this meditation as a way of reconnecting with yourself and with God, who created breath and light—and you.