Happy Sunday! Today is International Self-Care Day. Established by the International Self-Care Foundation to raise awareness about its importance in relation to healthy living. It is is also a reminder to always place our personal well-being first. While this week’s intention to practice self-care may conjure up visions of luxurious spa visits and ice cream indulgences self-care really means putting your emotional, physical and psychological needs first, by engaging in mindful meditation, prioritizing your time, and extending to yourself the same compassion you do your best friends, or family. These are all ways you can show yourself some love. Evidence suggests there’s power in being your own support system, so however you choose to partake, focus on treating yourself with kindness this week. Namaste.
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
– “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte, House of Belonging
Eight minutes with the Jewish-Buddhist mother, grandmother, and teacher.