Experiencing someone’s unkindness will make even the strongest of us feel somewhat less than what we are.
Our ability to give and receive kindness speaks to the kindness we hold for ourselves
It’s good stewardship of the body, mind and soul. Without self-kindness there’s no kindness to pass along. You may not like the way the person looks in the mirror. Don’t they look tired, lonely, or like they could use a hug, a laugh, some real nourishment, love, or some time out? The person in the mirror doesn’t deserve you’re unsympathetic response.
What kindness could you give yourself
How could you restore and replenish? When we are starved for attention, nurturing and nourishment we don’t care. We aren’t giving it out to someone else.
Self-kindness means learning how to say no to yourself
When you drive yourself too hard or have four times the number of things on your “to do list” you demand you will get done. Towards the end of the day you begin criticizing, and name calling yourself for non-completion, and ignoring your own needs. IF you heard a little boy or a little girl speaking to them the way you speak to yourself, you would run over to her or him and pick them up cradling them in your arms and make them stop.
“Ignoring your own needs or acting as if you don’t have any invites the enemies against kindness. The door to kindness is the self. The door to everything you want to do is the self. What else do you have to work with?” –Margot Silk Forest
Your heart is a very old friend. Your life has meaning and purpose, add what is uniquely your own.
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