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The Gentle Reminder: Listen to Your Body's Whispers Before They Become Shouts

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As I sit down to write this, my heart is heavy with this week's experience of watching my younger sister fight just to breathe. I have already lost an even younger sister, so this was not a good feeling at all. Yes, she was in God's hands, in good medical hands, and the number of people praying for her was phenomenal. I was good emotionally until she, with tearing up eyes and repeated chest pointing, made me understand a question looming in her mind. Unable to talk she was asking, "Am I going to be alright"? I assured her she would be and turned away to wipe away my own tears. Now I had my concerns. But today I thank and praise God that she will be home soon.

She's just come off a ventilator, a consequence of neglecting her asthma symptoms. It's a stark reminder of the grave (literally) importance of slowing down, being attuned to our body's messages, and prioritizing our well-being in mind, body, and spirit.

In our fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to push ourselves beyond our limits, ignoring the gentle whispers of our bodies until they scream for attention. But my sister's journey serves as a disturbing example of why this approach is unsustainable and, in some cases, life-threatening.

An asthmatic "situation", like many health conditions, can often starts with subtle cues—like an occasional cough, slight tightness in the chest, or shortness of breath after physical exertion. These are the whispers, the early warning signs that something isn't quite right. This is the time to pay attention, to be mindful, to take steps. But too often, we brush them aside, attributing them to stress or temporary discomfort, until they escalate into something that can be far more serious.

My sister's story reminds us that we mustn't wait until our bodies are in crisis mode to take action. We must learn to tune in, to listen with compassion (understanding, care, sensitivity) and attentiveness to what our bodies are telling us. This means making self-care a non-negotiable priority, not just when it's convenient, but every single day.

Self-care isn't just about bubble baths and indulgent treats (though those can certainly be part of it). It's about the daily practices that nourish and sustain us, body, mind, and soul. It's about getting enough sleep, nourishing our bodies with nutritious foods, moving in ways that feel good, and taking time to rest and recharge.

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But perhaps most importantly, self-care is about cultivating a deep sense of self-awareness and self-compassion. It's about recognizing that we are worthy of care and attention, that our needs matter, and that it's okay to ask for help when we need it.

So, as an asthmatic myself, and one who often neglects my own self-care, my sister's journey is a reminder of the necessity and power of slowing down, of listening to the whispers of my body, and of honoring my needs with love and care.

Let us not wait until we're gasping for breath to pay attention. Let us choose each and every day, to prioritize our well-being, in mind, body, and spirit. For in doing so, we not only honor ourselves but also honor the temple of God that we are.... and the precious gift of life itself.

To my Sexy Seniors, Divine Divas & Legacy Leaving Ladies


Rev. Sunae &

Blessed By Your Words

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