Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be kind. Don’t do that. Don’t say that (even if it’s true; you may hurt their feelings). It is better to give than to receive. Serve before being served. Don’t exhort, elevate, nor exalt yourself. Stay low. Stay humble. Give until you have nothing else left to give. Sacrifice. Then, when you’re done, give some more. And yes, it may push you pass exhaustion.
We grow up as children being taught these ideologies. Yes, most are life changing spiritual principles, and teachable moments. However, these principles must be taught responsibly and with balance. We must teach to whom we should serve, how much we should give to others, and when enough is enough. They must also be infused and intertwined with the importance of self-love, self-care, and self-importance.
Do you care for yourself and go the extra mile for you, like you do for those around you? Do you take pauses throughout your day to listen to your breath, the breath of life and energy, and reflect on gratitude and thankfulness for YOU? Do you tell yourself ‘thank you’ for loving you? Do you show appreciation to yourself by feeding your body with water & premium, healthy food choices so that your body can run on optimal fuel? Do you protect your space, spirit, energy and positivity by the company you keep? Do you re-energize your body with adequate hours of quality sleep each night?
In order for you to live at the highest level of Self, you must take care of you. Sounds like such an easy truth. Such a simple sentence. But the truth of the matter is, putting it into action is where we square off with opposition and struggle. We know what we should do. We know that we should look in the mirror daily and say ‘I love you’ to ourselves. We know that we have creative power in our spoken words and should only choose creative, life-giving words of affirmation to speak to ourselves, to bring us the very things that we hope, meditate or pray for. We know what we should eat, or not eat. We know that we should meditate. We know that we should have scheduled times of solitude daily. We know that we should deep breathe daily. We know that we should read daily to take our minds to a higher level. We know that we should keep our bodies moving, choosing some form of exercise that we can enjoy to lubricate our internal beings. But it’s the DOING that snags us. The mere thought of adding just one more thing on our already inundated to-do lists can cause emotional fatigue.
So, what do I suggest you do?
Slow life down. Assess the state of your current Self. And then, love yourself enough to begin to shift things into the proper alignment, category, and rank on your priority list. Make sure you are at the top of the list if you have fallen down the ranking order. Have a conversation with yourself about who needs to stay, leave or come into your life. Converse with yourself about what you need to start, stop or continue doing. Then, just like eating a gigantic elephant, one bite at a time, begin the process- one thing at a time. Do NOT try to make 5 major life changes at once. You’ll find yourself on the other side of the continuum called Extreme, which yields the same depletion of your inner soul.
To thine own self…find your truth. Rediscover, or even discover for the very first time, your self-love & self-care. Hold on to it like the rarest, most valuable jewel you’ve ever owned. Truly, you already own it and look at it every day in the mirror.
I speak Peace & Blessings to your Highest Self.
“Slow life down. Assess the state of your current Self. And then, love yourself enough to begin to shift things into the proper alignment, category, and rank on your priority list. Make sure you are at the top of the list if you have fallen down the ranking order.”