We’ve been conditioned to believe it’s self-indulgent to rest and relax and take time out from the machine pace of society. But if we are to bring love, kindness and compassion to the world, we must begin with ourselves. And so we must learn to step back from the busyness of our lives and create a daily practice, a sacred ritual where we can release, restore, and renew, so we can show up for our partners, our parents, our children, our friends, and our work with a loving presence and open heart.
If we don’t give ourselves time for self-awareness and self-respect to blossom, we tend to repeat the habitual patterns and pain of our past. But, when we begin a daily practice, when we return to our journal or yoga mat or meditation cushion again and again, we can release the self-destructive parts of ourselves and make conscious choices about our lives.
Even if we can’t change our outside circumstances, we can change our relationship with them – from one of hate and fear, to one of acceptance, wisdom and compassion. This change in our way of seeing the world is enough to transform our entire lives ॐ.