Treat yourself with kindness and compassion.
“The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event – through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you – ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are.”
Many people forget the importance of self-love. They give and give, stay busy, constantly focus on the next goal or project and typically neglect their own needs. Make yourself, and your state of consciousness, your top priority.
Pay attention to how you begin each morning. Do you immediately rush into tasks that need to be done? Do you lay in bed visualizing various scenarios, reach for the phone or click on the tv? Remember that wherever you place your focus first sets the tone for the rest of the day.
With this in mind, create your own balancing rituals. Begin a loving conversation with yourself and with the Divine. Just for a moment, move into gratitude, slow down and breathe and set your intention. Throughout your daily experience, remember to check your state of consciousness. Are you stressed? Do you need to eat, drink water or be more mindful?
When you nurture yourself, you have more to give those you love. You will be more patient and compassionate and take an active role in your own awakening.