I’m a big believer that a relationship between two partners is only as strong as the relationship each individual has with him or herself. You’ve heard flight attendants say, “Should the oxygen mask drop before you, make sure to place it over your face and breathe first before helping the person next to you.” This example is a great analogy for life. Love yourself first and you can truly love another.
This kind of love is not selfish love, such as “I want what I want when I want it.” This is self-love. For example, am I taking care of myself physically: What am I putting in my mouth? How am I moving my body?” Am I sleeping? Am I taking care of myself emotionally: Am I acknowledging my feelings, positive and negative? Am I expressing my feelings in a productive way? Am I taking care of myself mentally? What is renting space in my head that I might need to let go of? What stories do I replay in my mind over and over again? Do I connect with something greater than myself. Am I open to the spiritual part of my being?
Sometimes reading another person’s observations and musings about life can kick start us into observing and musing, ourselves. It can get us off of the “airport walkway” of life long enough to allow us to look inside ourselves – to pay attention to something within us that might need nurturing. A friend of mine has begun an insightful and inspirational blog called “My Daily Karma” and I’m sharing it with you as a possible springboard for taking care of yourself. By reading this blog, you’ll benefit, but so will everyone else in your life. It just works that way … to read my friend’s blog, click here.
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