“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” —William Shakespeare
Today you’re invited to relax into the infinite space of your heart and let yourself receive.
Many of us were taught that it is better to give than to receive. We easily give our time, energy, and attention to our family and friends, yet we may find it difficult to receive these same things. In reality, giving and receiving are different aspects of the same flow of energy in the universe. Just as every exhalation depends upon an inhalation, the flow of love in our lives depends upon our ability to receive and to care for ourselves. As we meditate today, hold yourself in loving awareness and let your heart receive.
Our centering thought for today is:
“As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Om Vardhanam Namah.” I nourish the universe, and the universe nourishes me.
Today, begin a practice of daily self-care. Begin by making a list of the loving things you can do for yourself this week—then set the intention to complete one of the items on your list every day. Consider posting the list somewhere prominent or maybe schedule a daily reminder on your phone or computer. Here are a few suggestions: write down one quality you love about yourself, remember to pause and take a few deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed, take a walk or enjoy a good meal with a friend rather than grabbing a sandwich at your desk. As you give freely to yourself you’ll experience the loving awareness that is your natural state. -Deepak & Oprah
It seems pretty simple- take care to nourish yourself every day: your mind, body and spirit.
I’ve written about Nourishment before.
Giving and receiving. It is all about balance, but in order to give to others we must first gift to ourselves and make ourselves a priority.
“Don’t criticize or condemn yourself. We are always doing the best that we can given our current level of awareness. As our awareness expands we open up to new possibilities and ways of being. Right now, in this very moment you have the opportunity to give yourself more love, appreciation and attention. It is never too late. Your true self is pure love and pure spirit, and as you spend time meditating and awakening on who you really are, you will naturally make choices that will nourish your mind, body and spirit.” – Deepak Chopra
I wasn’t able to do today’s meditation until tonight due to a heavy work schedule. I wouldn’t be honest if I said I’ve made myself a priority the last 24-hours. I havn’t gotten enough sleep, which is just not good. However, the next three days will be all about nourishment. I am promising myself that.
Tonight’s meditation was a bit hard to pronounce and get right, but after practicing it a few times it really does roll off the tongue. I definitely feel things falling away the more and more I do these challenges. Each little day’s mantra adds to my soul tool-kit.
Today’s mindful moment also inspired me to write a list of Self-care Loving things for Me:
#2. Take more aromatherapy baths.
#3. Hike new places.
#4. Turn off my phone at least once every day for at least 30 minutes.
#5. Gift myself an inexpensive treat like picking myself flowers.
#6. Express myself through my clothing, art, and poetry.
The next week will be nice completing these self-care acts of self-nourishment.
Om. So hum. Sham. Om Vardhanam Namah. Namaste.