Now is a perfect time to gently and kindly remind you in the midst of all of our global chaos, to please take care of you.
The United States just had an election that has left us seemingly polarized, as overnight we move from a president who worked from the energy of “hope“ to a president who seems to hold fear as his weapon of choice.
Around the world people continue to fight for basic rights, liberties and something as basic as food and water.
For those of us privileged to not have to worry about where our next meal is coming from, the bills still need to be paid, the children and animals taken care of and then there’s us.
We need care too.
It’s hard to put yourself at the center of your universe when so many responsibilities call to you moment to moment.
But that is exactly where you need to sit.
When I work with my students and we begin to examine where they are out of alignment in their lives, in regards to the values of kindness and compassion, understanding and wisdom, they always know exactly where we need to start.
They can point to a relationship in their life that isn’t healthy or identify a truth that they hold about someone else that does not serve. And that’s where we begin our work.
But curiously, it takes some time before they begin to realize that their unhealthy relationships and the truths they hold that don’t serve, exist because they have not put themselves first on their own grace list.
Your job first and foremost is to take care of you.
How are you doing at that job?
Are you taking time for quiet and rest and meditation?
Are you asking for help when you need it?
Are you speaking your truth?
When I ask these questions of my students most of the time I hear:
“Who has the time for rest or meditation?”
“I’m so stressed & I’m so tired that I don’t know what my truth is…”
“Who can I ask for help, everybody’s always coming to me?”
If you recognize yourself here, you need to begin to take care of you.
May I remind you of the phrase that we always hear on airplanes?
“If the air mask is needed, to please remember put it on yourself first before assisting others.”
Kind of like life.
If you’re always helping others at the sake of your own health and well-being you’re approaching life in a way that ultimately will serve no one.
I can’t provide you with the individual answers here, but I can indeed gently remind you to make yourself your priority and I can offer you a gift that will help to bring you to peace.