love, life, and the pursuit of liberation
I suspect you think I am going to be talking about fitness. You’re right, but I’m not talking about the physical kind. Today, I’m writing about emotional/mental/spiritual fitness. First some truth.
I am my own worst critic. I can easily name 50 shortcomings, physical flaws, weaknesses and fears. I can see dimples in my thighs when others see a brick house. I find a list of “should haves” where others see accomplishments. Yeah, I’m my own worst critic. I suspect I’m not alone.
Two separate happenings over the past two weeks remind me of how important it is to celebrate your Self. First, I read Beatrice Clay remind us in this post that we need to fill our own well so that we can be stronger for the present, the future, and for others. Just like flight attendants remind us before take-off, “In case of emergency, secure your mask before assisting others.” Then, I remembered how Buddhism reminds us to send our Selves love first with the Metta Meditation. To perform it, you are told to first loving-kindness to your Self, then send that peace to others.
So why is this so hard? Why is it that we can be thankful for others, yet find it challenging to have gratitude for your Self? Here’s a hint- If you find this idea foreign or challenging, it’s a sign that you need to prioritize self care. But more on that later.
Your LiberationTheory challenge today is to make a gratitude list about your Self. Ask yourself
Can you come up with 10? Can you come up with as many as your age? (This is the challenge I gave InspiredEnigma on her birthday eve J )