Today is a day for true work, to write from my heart, to express my deepest desire, and to express what it is my heart needs to say.
The heart needs love, friendship, camaraderie. Women need to support each other. Women can greatly help their men by taking care of themselves and by finding an inner well of strength, faith, and self love. Tending to and nurturing ourselves allows us greater room and eagerness to tend to others.
We all need safe space. We all need inner retreat. Life is fast and we go hard for so long. We're not used to stopping and resting. It's by resting that we fill the gaps, we fill the void; with self love. In the down time we allow ourselves to breathe, to ask ourselves much needed questions, to scan the body for aches and pains, to scan the mind for unforgiven scars, for places that feel uncomfortable, for wounds that have been left unhealed
For going within is not easy, but is worth it. Tapping inwardly is a gift. It allows us to realize our potential, to notice our strength, to discover that our true source of power lies within. For as we choose to disconnect from the outer noise, we reconnect to inhabit our inner landscape and to notice that our answers, our guidance, our peace is tucked within our hearts, right within our own bodies.
Times are getting more stressful. The chaos is only just beginning. Our children are suffering and are trapped in a time where they are overloaded with stimuli; they are in pain, and they are without the proper resources for finding their way out. As mothers, as women, as lovers, we must nurture ourselves and realize our strength so that we may exemplify strength through our actions, not our words. By stepping up and demonstrating how to love and how to forgive, most especially, loving and forgiving ourselves, our children will see first-hand how to do this for themselves.
We must cultivate safe havens for our families, for our close friends, for our communities, for our emergency personnel, for our teachers, for everyone. We are desperately in need of time spent together, talking, chatting about, enjoying one another's company. The time for proving ourselves is long gone. It's time to open our hearts, to feel vulnerable, to express emotion, and to let our children, especially our boys, realize showing emotion is not only healthy but is what real men must do. Vulnerability is strong and necessary.
Let's open our hearts. Let's love each other by loving ourselves, by nurturing our heart's desires. Time seems to be ticking . . . if you buy into linear Earth time. Spirit knows no time limits. Each moment is an opening for miraculous change and growth. Each precious moment is an opportunity to experience that Aha! That magic that invites true joy and bliss. For our true work on this earth is soul work, to dig deeply within and to discover our truth. Work in the material world is grueling, tiring, and leads to nothing if the goal is to earn a paycheck and to pay bills. True work is ever rewarding, always gratifying, serving the heart and serving humanity, opening doors to boundless joy. For as we take time for doing our true work, we expand, grow, evolve spiritually and spread much needed love and compassion to others on earth, encouraging them to do the same.
So please join me today, on this beautiful SUNday by doing true work -- by loving yourself.
From Jewels Heart
The “self-acceptance” of the children of God is not an active striving to love ourselves more. Rather, it is coming more and more to see ourselves as God sees us: sinful, guilty, inadequate humans who have been washed clean and declared righteous by faith in Christ (Romans 3:24).
True self-love is acceptance of ourselves as redeemed people. Yes, we are loved and accepted, but it is precisely not because we are worthy in ourselves, but because Christ is worthy. Only when we accept the reality of redemption can we find freedom to look outwards. When our gaze is bent inward on ourselves, we fail to love God and cannot hope to love others.