It is a powerful decision when we choose to love ourself
One thing we lack in Western culture is valuing loving ourself. In fact, in many ways we are taught that we are being selfish or self-centered if we take care of ourselves.
This has led to a culture of people who feel stretched, pressured, run down, and stressed. Many people turn to outside sources of comfort, such as over eating, drinking alcohol, smoking, and watching too much TV. We are trying to feed a basic human need for love, warmth and kindness with these external “comforts”, but they don’t meet the underlying need for self-connection, self-commitment, and basic kindness towards ourself.
It is a powerful decision when we choose to love ourself. It is about changing our allegiance, and that change will have a rippling effect through all areas of our life – our relationships at home and at work, our health, and our financial stability.
Loving ourself is not about being selfish. It is about caring for home base so that we can be more generous with others – more loving and more giving towards others.
Thrangu Rinpoche said, ‘Go slowly’
Every once in a while Life sneaks up behind us and gives us a mind blowing gift. I received just such a gift in mid-September when I found myself in a personal interview with Thrangu Rinpoche, one of the last living Tibetan Buddhist masters originally from Tibet. The only way I can describe the experience is it was like getting to talk 1-on-1 with Yoda.
I ask Rinpoche how I can explore the gifts within me to be able to bring them out to help people. He said, “Sorry. Have to go to the washroom.”
No problem. I waited, and he returned.
I asked him again, and he said, “Sorry, I can’t help you.”
I asked him, “Do you know someone who can help me?”
He said, “Sorry, no.”
Then… when my mind was ripe and ready to receive… he gave me my answer. He said, “Go slowly”
Since that meeting I have been reorganizing my life to slow down.
One thing I’d like you to know is that I have decided to slow down with my programming. I’ve decided to space things out more, and give it all more time. The Meditation & Loving Kindness Challenge is starting November 1st, and I’m pushing out the LOVE Breakthrough Program to February 2016.
This will be healthier for me, and I hope it will be healthier for you too. I welcome your feedback below!