Monday’s Meditation: On The Cruelty Of Being Undisciplined
Self-care is vital to wellbeing. You cannot expect anyone else to be able to care for you in precisely the way you need at any given moment because no one else knows what it feels like to be in your body.
Only you can know what you need to be your best self, be it food, exercise, or any source of emotional fulfillment.
You must be kind to yourself and in tune with your whole person because your life is yours to care for. Your ship is yours to keep afloat.
When you get better at being receptive to your own sign’s and signs the universe is sending you, you become more aware of when you need to adjust or change course. Your radar for detecting what will ultimately be depleting to your energy improves, and so rather than do that, you conserve. You don’t take on that client, you don’t respond to that email right now or ever, you give yourself the day off from exercising, you allow yourself the guilty pleasure of bad TV after a long day.
Giving yourselves what you actually need when you need it is something like the definition of maturity.
It is possible, however, to get to a place where you become overly lenient with yourself.
When you start to consider yourself a compromised entity that cannot perform with discipline and rigor, you begin to excuse sloppiness in your health, in the state of your home, and in your relationships.
When you assume that, because of a given set of circumstances, you can’t be expected to show up fully for yourself and your life you are in the danger zone. You have crossed the threshold where being kind to yourself inverts and becomes a kind of self-cruelty. A roadblock to achievement.
All of life is a balancing act, and when you feel yourself having tilted off balance in any respect, it is not only encouraged but required that you grant yourself the grounds to correct the imbalance.
But do not take up the statuses of “tired,” “overwhelmed,” “unskilled,” or “worn down,” like some badge or perpetual get-out-of-responsibility-free card for one moment longer than is true.
Instead, immediately after you’ve done whatever was necessary to healthily restore the balance of your life, take back up the paddles. Resume your self-held status of being brilliantly capable, once again.
Hold yourself accountable to nourish yourself with food that gives you life rather than slowly eats away at you, to protect your health through exercise, to work at clarifying your priorities, and to maintain control of the sacred space around you.
If you can’t get there for whatever reason on your own, fear not: there is someone whose very purpose on earth is to support you in showing up for whatever you need help in showing up for, most notably: yourself. And the even better news is that through the magic of The Internet, all that stands between you and finding this person is a handful of keystrokes.
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