already strong, already beautiful, already whole, self-care, self-healing, Karyn Shanks, Karyn Shanks MD

Already Strong. Already Beautiful. Already Whole.

What if we think about self-care like this?

It doesn’t make us better. Not better versions of our selves. Not better than anyone else.

We may feel better, we may function at a higher level, we may experience life in a whole new and vibrant way, but we—who we truly are—was there all along.

Those savvy food plans and vigorous exercise regimens don’t make us stronger or more beautiful.

The meditation, good sleep, and positive affirmations don’t make us more whole.


We’re already strong, beautiful, and whole—just as we are. We’re complete.

Self-care gets the crap out of our way—the irritants, toxins, negative energy, time wasting, disempowering stories, and bad habits that block our perception and expression of our already perfect selves. That hinder our experience of our true potential—the energy, the grace, the love, and the creative action we are fully capable of taking in our lives.

Self-care nourishes us and helps us discover who we already are—who we’ve been all along. By getting us out of our own way.

It lets our light shine—by expanding our energy and creating space for our true selves to emerge.

Just putting it into perspective.

p.s. From my Archives:

Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) Food Plan. 2018.

So You Want to Change the World? Start With Yourself. 2017.

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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