“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete” (Jack Kornfield).
Your relationship with yourself influences your relationship with everyone and everything. How do you begin to understand the impact that has in your life? You start by looking in the mirror; looking within and beginning to accept and stop judging yourself. It starts by learning how to show yourself deep kindness and unconditional love.
Right now, as you “shelter in place”, you have a wonderful opportunity to carve some time out of your day to begin a new relationship; a relationship with YOU. Get to know YOU. The process may seem scary, but it is safe to look within. You are lovable and you are worthy.
Your life is an expression of who you think you are; it mirrors your beliefs, values, ethics and choices. The world you see and experience each day is an outward expression of your inward condition. Are you comfortable with what you see; with what you are projecting; with what others are experiencing? If you are, GREAT! If not, you can do something about it.
Below is a great poem from a Sufi poet, Kabir who talks all about looking inward to find out what blooms there:
A Place to Sit ( by Kabir)
Don’t go outside your house to see the flowers,
My friend don’t bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
Each flower has 1000 petals,
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty,
Inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.
You have a precious gift right now to begin doing some mirror work today. Learn to love and accept yourself. Through doing this work, you can learn to know and be the real you. You can open yourself up to being loved by others and loving others more deeply.
“What you are today comes from your thoughts of yesterday and your present thoughts build your life for tomorrow” (Buddha).