Observing our needs and caring for ourselves can help us be more aware as we move through the world.
As a product of a culture that upheld selflessness and sacrifice for the sake of others, awareness of my own needs was fairly rudimentary. I did well in some areas but there were big gaps in others. Selflessness and sacrifice are not without merit of course, but I have made a significant shift in addressing my own needs. I realize that I am better able to function across the board when, as a general principle, I treat myself with kindness and care for my needs. I should point out, this is still a work-in-progress.
Maybe it has to do with the quiet that comes with meditation—that in the quiet, our own wisdom is easier to hear. It is not always what I want to hear, and it is sometimes painful, but as I turn toward meditation to help me sort out lifehood, I am better able to identify and accept what and how to address the needs in my life.
Meditation is helping me to know and support a truer, wiser, more observant, and accepting self. In turn, that awareness is affecting how I see and interact in the world.
What have you noticed about the practice so far? Please add your comments below. I would love to hear from you.
I’ll see you tomorrow ~