“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” — Caroline Myss
If you want to help others...
Start by helping yourself. Happiness, kindness and all of its derivatives are forms of positive energy. Your soul is a cup in this sense. The more you fill it, the more you have to give.
Each pour from your own cup liberates the soul, for every soul is meant to give. But with each act of liberation, the cup runs dry. It must be replenished in the form of love and kindness toward the self.
A dry cup has nothing to give. An empty soul darkens the space around it. Sadness ensues. Anger and bitterness follow. A soul that knows no kindness is a vessel incapable of returning it.
How do you keep the cup full?
Accept that you are enough. Perfection is a fool’s errand, but being the best you can be each and every day is attainable. You are unique and therefore a priceless gift to the world. Develop this gift of self.
Cherish your scars, for they are beautiful. Lacquered in gold by the ancient art of kintsugi, these delicate marks tell the story of your life. Only those who have never lived bear no marks and thus no story worth telling.
Face Life’s challenges with grace. You are not unlucky. You are not being punished. You are being forged into something stronger and more capable. The world needs your strength. Do not forsake it.
Know you are not alone. All people in this world share vastly more in common than they differ. All people dream, struggle and overcome. Be gentle and patient with yourself so you may return this kindness to others.
Start by filling your cup and keep topping it off with kindness. Your soul will then fill many other cups, as they too will fill others. Your kindness will pour out into the universe like an endless fountain.
🤔 Food for Thought:
How full is your cup?
How do you keep it from running dry?
⚙️ One Small Step:
You are often hardest on yourself. You wouldn’t dare speak to others the way you speak to yourself when disappointment reigns supreme. If kindness to yourself is necessary for giving kindness to others, how do you start? Confront your inner critic.