January 2014

Self Care

January’s issue focused on Self Care is directed by Wyn’s Associate Editor, Amy Jane Helmericks.

Visualize stuffing an elephant into spandex.

That’s the way I feel about the word “Self.”

Maybe you’ve heard the story of the blind men at the elephant? Five men touched five different parts of the creature (tusk, tail, ear, leg, trunk) and an argument ensued as each fiercely asserted they’d identified the essence of this mysterious creature.

That is the way I feel about the Self. It is an elephant-sized concept with all the wrinkles and warmth, the inflexibility and folds of the various parts of an elephant; and still it is one coherent (if improbable) whole.

Much of what we’ve discussed over the previous seven months here at Wyn could be summarized as different shapes of the self, so when we talk about self-care, we are looking at an enormous topic that is, at the same time, incredibly fine-tuned and specific to each individual.

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