You can be selfish and compassionate at the same time. Always tending to the needs of others over your own does not make you compassionate, it makes you a martyr. Where you can incorporate some SELF compassion today?
What would most support you today? Take a deep breath. Hold it. Release it slowly. Notice how you feel in your body. Now ask again, what would most support you? Commit now to getting what you need today.
If you looked at the pages of my life, you would learn that doing too much without asking for help or taking care of yourself in the process leads to a myriad of physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. That self care is not selfish; in fact, it’s essential. That what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, but that we’ve had the power all along to make things easier. That seemingly unimportant events and experiences can be the seed or even the actual catalyst for major life change. That the challenges we face, though often excruciatingly painful at the time, lay the foundation for the higher path we’re here on this earth to do, and for the person that we’re supposed to be, if we only choose to learn from them rather than wallow in the pain or use it as an excuse. That higher guidance is always available, even when we don’t recognize it or reach for it. (9-28-12)