1. Cared for people Care for people
My friend Joanne Minaker has a company called Cared Humanity and one of the main mantras of this company is "Cared for people Care for people". Simple. If a person is cared for, they will then have the capacity to care for others. Not always so simple. Start with yourself. How often do you take time to care for yourself? Now if you are one of the better ones you may make a practice of taking time daily to care for yourself. That might be going to the gym, spending time with someone you care about, reading a book, meditating or going to yoga, or some other activity you really enjoy. For the rest of you, it's not that easy. It took me a long time to really understand that it was extremely important to take care of myself first. In fact, I held a lot of guilt about it. I told myself many stories about why I shouldn't, didn't deserve to, didn't have time for the things that made me happy, and most importantly, sane. After my son was born I realized even more that in order to take care of him, I had to be in the right frame of mind, body, and spirit, and in order to do that I would need to devote the time, and let go of the guilt. Over time I began to see a ripple effect. My happiness = others happiness. The more happy, and content I was with myself, the better my relationships with others were. When I met Joanne, I knew I had met a kindred spirit. In talking to her about Cared Humanity and her mission to help women care for and love themselves I felt as though she was speaking directly to my heart. The more I got to know her and the more we began to create this partnership of Care Humanity and Anurakti Life (living a life of Love, Passion, and Devotion) the more excited I became about my life purpose. Caring for myself and caring for others has become a piece of who I am, what defines me. In my partnership as an ambassador for Lole, when I am teaching a yoga class, or teaching a lecture about the healing benefits of herbs, I always find a way to bring it back to Care. It spews out of me, and excites me, and makes me yearn for more. It has become my purpose, my quest if you will, to help others love themselves, guilt-free, so they can love others. Maybe repair relationships, or find the courage to start new ones. Whatever your reason, step up, be bold. YOU ARE WORTH IT.
Take a few moments to consider the following questions. Feel free to journal, discuss them with others, or meditate on them.
1. What does care mean to you?
2. In what ways do you care for yourself? Others?
3. What are some other the obstacles preventing you from caring for yourself? How can you overcome these obstacles?