A moment of self compassion, can change our entire day. A string of such moments, can change the course of your life. C K Germer
I was inspired by this beautiful poem by Matisha. Read each line slowly and absorb this truth.
Start with Yourself
Laugh when together in ways you will always remember, as you may, the ones with whom you have cried.
Love with a courageous heart that lives to express what’s inside.
Play with the abandon of a child, who not only is “in the moment” but “is” the moment.
Open in each day as the flowers open to receive all that is available.
Your receiving is up to you and comes with the power and abundance of your “Yes!”
In your mind it has been difficult, complex. Let it be easy. It is already simple. Love again and again with all your heart. Loving is making room for the unloved, to move out of its frozen place.
Loving is allowing, so-called mistakes and holding attention on intention.
Loving results in feeling okay about asking for help.
Forgive with the same conviction and fullness which you may have resisted love.
Start with yourself. You are at the top of the list.
Look for and find many things to be grateful for each day.
Live as yourself, genuinely.
28 thoughts on “Start with yourself”
Beautifully written recipe for living. Thanks for sharing it, Karen. ❤
Yes it really is. Thankyou Eliza 💕💚
Let it be easy. Yes. Thanks Karen.
Yes I loved that line! Why do we make it so difficult? 🙄 thanks Dave
So beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing it Karen. ♡
Thanks Diana it really is moving. 💕🙏🏻
A Great reminder, Karen! Even after I started practicing self-compassion, years later I’d notice myself needing to practice it a bit deeper and with greater self-understanding, even today.
Yes I agree, it’s an ongoing journey that deepens over time. There is always more to understand. Thankyou 🙏🏻
to water our own
tempting to be
garden, first 🙂
So true David. It’s a difficult lesson to learn at times. Thankyou for all your watering, it makes a difference. 💦💦
Love this, Karen. So many wise words in such a small space. 😊 I especially love “Open in each day as the flowers open to receive all that is available.” A great visual cue….
Every line holds a message for us! Thankyou Lori. 🙏🏻
Thank you Karen. What a beautiful thing to read the May Day morning! ❤
Yes that was my thoughts too Mary! A new month, a new beginning 💕🍃💕
This is truly a beautiful and encouraging message. Placing oneself at the top of the list …does not come naturally to many of us. Thank you, Karen ❤
I agree, I think we all have to train ourselves in self-love and nurturing. Thanks Helen 🍃🍀
Where’s that Love button…. ❤
Yes I loved it too Val! Thankyou 💚
Deeply spiritual and beautiful.
I agree. Thankyou so much Nico. 🙏🏻
This is excellent! It is so important to understand your own potential and this exercise is something that we should probably do at least once in a day.
Yes a daily practice is so important to create change. Thankyou for your comment. 🙏🏻
Thank you, Karen! This is the piece I sometimes have difficulty remembering. I have missed being involved in WP…life has dealt a few cards that required my full attention. But I hope to be back a little more. Hope you are shining in light! ❤
I think we all struggle with self compassion at times Lori, but it’s so important as we both know. Many blessings to you 💕🙏🏻💚
I can see why you shared it Karen, very inspiring thanks for passing it forward.
It is inspiring 💚
This is really a lovely and empowering message..Thank you, Karen…
Thankyou for your comment 💕