June 12, 2022
I’ll take care of me for you, and you take care of you for me. –Jim Rohn
One of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones is to take good care of ourselves. We have all experienced the pain of seeing a friend or family member suffer with ill health. The closer we are to them, the higher the cost to us. So often we think that caring for others at our own expense is a worthy sacrifice; in fact, we are conditioned to believe this. We learn early to put our needs last, ignore physical symptoms, and push hard to get ahead. However, as soon as we become ill, mentally or physically, we can no longer give our best. Not only do we lose but everyone around us loses as well.
Last week I wrote about the oxygen mask, and how crucial it is to put ours on before assisting others. When we have oxygen, energy, clarity, and strength, we are powerful. We become essential to our world. We can live and love fully and freely. We raise the vibration all around us. On the other hand, when we are stressed out, exhausted, and ill, our tank is empty. We’ve all been there, and it’s not pretty. Those are the times we need to pull back and examine our priorities, our routines, and our self-care. We need to put our vehicle in PARK. Hopefully we do this before it breaks down, but sometimes we end up learning the hard way.
This week, make a list of the activities and practices that fill your tank. Choose some summer pleasures that will refresh your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy this season’s treats and treasures. Take your time. Savor. Listen to your body and your soul. Ask yourself, "What do you need today?" Soothe and support yourself as you would a loved one who is ill or hurting. Breathe deeply, inhaling love and exhaling anything that is heavy and hard. Release struggle and strain; invite renewal and healing in its place. See this as an act of love for yourself and your family. Set an intention to be true to yourself – honest, caring, authentic. Give yourself grace.
Summer is a perfect time to slow down, be present, and have fun. This is healing. It is essential for your well-being. Taste and see that life is good, Love enfolds you, and joy is alive.
Elisa J. Juarez