By Loni Wise Reiki Master
What and incredible week of being shown what it looks like to take care of myself. Some of the questions I found myself and others asking me were: What does it mean to care for myself? Do I nourish myself the way that I encourage others to do so? Am I worthy of receiving the same level of love and compassion as I offer to others? All valid questions and all with very true and honest answers. I am feeling a little confused these recent days, working really hard to stay focused and ready to accept the next moment and all its busyness. As I look ahead at my schedule I am realizing I have forgotten one thing in all this busyness…ME. Although I did manage to end the week with more energy than I was expecting to feel, it all forced me into a huge emotional collapse Friday night. I was reminded of all of the things I carry on my back of mine and for others. I was also blessed to be held by another in the most tender and grounded space which allowed for the release to move through as much as it could. I was left with a subtle clarity of heart, able to see some of the little corners in which my mind has taken up real estate and how that strikes against my heart.
When life is so busy, as it was last week, you may tend to allow your self-care to fall to the side or off the cart altogether. At this point you may begin to recognize what it means to care for yourself. If you are unable to see it now, think about any time you have helped out a friend or family member who was running themselves ragged. Remember the advice you gave them, the words you used to comfort them, and even the way you may have physically given them a gentle touch or hug that brought them back to the moment with you. If this sounds familiar, you may be realizing that you have been great at offering advice that you don’t necessarily follow. The good news is, it’s ok. This is not meant to make you feel guilt or pressure, this realization is coming through because of the profound importance that comes from the results of offering some love and energy toward your own being. This could look like going for a walk, taking a salts bath, laying down for a nap, saying no thank you to someone else, etc. You taking care of yourself is one of the most courageous gifts you can give to the world.
Some of you may have also been feeling the gentle sting of realizing that it is easy to offer others great amounts of support and more challenging to also support yourself. This can happen in the smallest of actions such as being asked what you want for dinner and responding with something along the lines of, “I don’t know, whatever you want is fine.” This might be a silly example but if you really tune into what can nourish your body, even with food, you will begin to tap a reserve of inner knowledge which will begin to apply itself to the larger decisions within your life. Please do not misunderstand, some days you really don’t mind what is for dinner or what move to see or who you will go visit, and there will absolutely be opportunities for you to embrace your inner spirit and strength. The connection with all of this is recognizing that you are worthy of the greatest depth, understanding, compassion, truth and LOVE this life has to offer. You are able to love others at the capacity with which you can offer love to yourself, so in other words you are able to meet others where you are and where they are. That in and of itself is a beautiful way to approach your own self love and self-care.
Take some time to treat yourself as the most amazing treasure upon this earth. You are very deserving of all the beautiful experiences of light that can happen as you step into your heart. Take care of yourselves and my promise to you is that I will do the same. Blessings Dear Ones.