Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
– Audre Lorde
I recently finished listening to two Marianne Williamson workshops on Audible. She’s a teacher of “A Course in Miracles” and has a sort of Buddhist/Christian/12-Step perspective that is appealing to this believer without a church. She talks much about how we have to live in the resurrection. That Christ died for our sins, we are all one, and we need to stop crucifying ourselves. All our interactions should be with love and forgiveness. The way we treat ourselves IS a political/social/spiritual statement. When we abuse our bodies, we are acting in self-hate, punishing ourselves or accepting that we don’t deserve better. But what happens when we act in self-love, care for our minds, bodies, relationships, homes, etc. in a way that has no guilt, shame, or hate. It’s revolutionary. It’s as Audre Lorde puts it, political warfare. People can’t stand it and it ruffles feathers all around you. Try it.