Step Four:  I am one with all souls, earthly and w all souls

The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it – whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.  ~ Rona Barrett

While zeroing in on resources for improving my health, I immediately think of friends and family members who can help me check in with my emotions.  Before I start checking in with others, though, the key thing is to make sure I am checking in with myself.  I can use the resources I mentioned under Step 3 – movies, writing, and painting with the intent of tapping into my emotions.  It will give me a safe place to experiment while becoming comfortable with my emotions.  So outside resources may come in the form of movies or avenues for exploring my writing and painting like workshops and classes; it does not have to be strictly people I call on.

The human tendency concerning health is to think that people who are healthy have more time, energy and money than I do.  Furthermore, we tend to rationalize that not everyone has the body type, genetics, or disposition to be healthy.  All of this counterproductive thinking comes from a deep-seated fear that if I try and fail to improve my emotional, mental, or physical health, everyone will see how unworthy I am.   Besides all that, if I’m healthy, others will expect me to be strong.

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.  ~Virginia Satir

How do my relationships help me to see possibilities for change?  What strengths or resources do I have access to that will aide me in moving toward positive change in my emotional, mental, and physical health?

Give yourself the same compassion you extend to others.  ~Bonnie Raitt