"All we are saying is that it matters, so do not feel shallow or ashamed about taking care of yourself"
We explore how to execute projects with others and generate sustainable, valuable solutions and outcomes. Although in the end, it all comes down to taking care of oneself in order to be able to do good. It is all about dealing with the personal politics first. Profit comes after.
How we take care of ourselves matters. Or should we say our self, the personal self that is ours alone. It matters both in terms of our inner state and the exterior state of the world at large. When we care for ourselves, our way of feeling, acting, doing, responding... changes. Like a pair of leather boots the self needs cleaning, polishing, nurturing and wearing to adapt and fulfill its purpose. To last as long as possible.
Physically taking care of oneself can be related to sustainability, to be able to sustain the self. The same goes for the mentality and the soul. Both the rational and emotional self need care taking. Some would call how you choose to take care of yourself your "lifestyle", and that seems quite fitting. It is at its essence the style in which we choose to live our lives. However, style usually has to do with generalizing and fitting into boxes, which limits the possibilities of how to live and care for the self. Perhaps it is not only about style and finding inspiration in how others live, but also about finding out what makes sense for you.
Finding out what makes sense for oneself can be difficult and challenging. It is also the core to what politics are about and many feel hesitant to form a political opinion because of its complexity. If one were instead to start with the self and see politics as the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group, perhaps it doesn't have to seem so overwhelming. The politics of the personal could for example be what we choose to apply to our bodies (like skincare and clothing), what we eat, what we listen to or watch, what we do creatively, what environments we are in and what physical activities we do. Like we wrote earlier, this is related to the lifestyle we choose for ourselves. However, it seems important to not only mimic what others do (even if that's a great way to test and explore) but to really consider what makes sense for your self and what the effects are. It's also perhaps just about starting with one aspect and seeing where it takes you.
We believe that if we take care of ourselves and figure out our own personal politics, we cannot only take care of others better but also serve the world in a way that is more aligned with our beliefs. We're not saying it's easy. It is basically what life is about from both a spiritual and biological perspective: To sustain oneself. All we are saying is that it matters, so do not feel shallow or ashamed about taking care of yourself. Instead recognize that it is your purpose.