Listen now (4 mins) | Tender Rest And Compassion For Self
I LOVE the writing and I am sure it has meaning to almost every human. We have all dealt with such emotions. Thank you for putting it in perspective. The art is also stunning.
Beautiful mediation that makes me ache for the comfort of childhood and reminds me of who I am under my business and my worries. It’s good to connect with that feeling from time to time to remember that despite what life does, the essential me never seems to change.
And to answer the question posed, self compassion for me takes the form of positive self talk.
Thank you for encouraging me to take three minutes of rest for myself, Renee. Your meditation reminds me to check in with myself. I also enjoy your words and this line in particular speaks to me: "As I age, I become more skilled at knowing how to dance with malaise—to sit with the fear of her, so I can accept the pause she offers." Yes! I have been on a pause myself this week. I have been showing compassion to myself by taking a screen break, walking, reading books, resting. It wasn't easy for the first few days but the fruits that grow as I begin to rest into giving myself that time, are so necessary. As I get older, I too am learning how to listen and react to what I need.
I'm so intrigued by Swarnali's thoughts on creating amidst chaos. This has been on my mind so much lately...we must still be creative, but sometimes the weight of chaos (both in a personal and a world sense) makes me want to shut off completely. And yet, I don't believe it has ever been more necessary to create and connect.
Over across the ocean you have been in my thoughts. Thank you for your offerings!
Beautiful meditation Renee. Someday, I'd like to hear your thoughts on how to create in midst of chaos. This is something I have been wondering a lot about lately.
This is the second time I've read this through - I've been "meaning" to get back to meditating and your work, words, wisdom make it easy to do. Thank you for making self-care accessible and enjoyable - it's much needed!