Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday- Love of Self

Wednesdays will be dedicated to the Love of Self, or self-care.

Why Wednesday? Why Self-Care?

Well, Wednesday, because it is, for most of us, the middle of our week. "Hump Day"- it is neither the beginning of a new week, nor is it nearly close enough to the weekend! Many of us, at this point of the week, are just struggling towards Friday, with the hope of a break, however brief, from the treadmill that is the work week. To me, it seems as though this is as good a time as any to pause and take a moment for ourselves.

Why Self-care? Perhaps the expression "Self-care" seems out of place to you here, on a blog about love. But while it may seem inappropriate on the surface, it is truly a very important part of opening ourselves and our world to love.

Before we can love or care for others, we must first love and care for ourselves.

If you are a parent, it may well be that, by the time you have gotten your child or children ready for their day (whether it is changing a diaper, helping with the morning toiletting routine, feeding, bathing, packing lunches, getting them ready for the daycare drop-off ...), you are in such a rush that you consider yourself lucky if you can find the time to run a comb through your hair.

Or perhaps you find yourself pushing really hard to meet a deadline- whether it be for a task at work or a project for school, that you miss a meal (or two?).

Obviously, we are aware that this is not a good strategy for a healthy life. When we don't take the time to care for our own needs, we have less energy for others. We may even become ill. Much harder to care for others, study for school or get that project done when you're ill on top of everything else ...

So today, I ask you to open your mind to the possibility of loving yourself enough to take the time to not only eat, but actually enjoy what you are eating. To not only allow yourself the luxury of a quick shower in the morning, but to really feel the sensation of the warm water on your skin.

Being "present in the moment" isn't always an easy thing to do, but it's a great gift that we can give ourselves ...

Be well,

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