“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in the grass the world is too full to talk about” ~rumi
I am getting used to taking care of myself again. I did it before I was married. A burst of tears erupts as missing Michael pushes forward. He had my back. Who has my back now asks my tears? I must have my own back. This does not sound like Self-Love. This sounds more like I am a Survivalist, separate and alone.
Read a great quote from some mystic recently, “I love you and it is no concern of yours.” suggesting an awakened stance that love is formed from within and is meant to be given away. Are we not all connected and do we not all have lessons to share with one another? This is how Self-Love and the Survivalist come together.
Self-Love is essential because it is the place from which we must start. It is the love we have for ourselves that allows us to give love to others. It is the starter, as in a cherished bread dough. You always keep a bit of the ‘mother’ for yourself as you pass it on to others. As it is kept and given away, it expands and grows.
Fermentation of love within yourself allows time for love to develop more fully. This in turn improves the longevity of love shared. And it creates greater complexities and depth of that love.
The Survivalist maintains the starter. Self-Love is the starter. It feeds all other possibilities. Pass the bread please.
How do you nourish yourself?
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