Sometimes you read something and it just "clicks" for you. When I read this reflection this morning, I nearly fell out of my chair. This makes a lot of sense in my life right now and I hope it does for you too...
Learn to be present for yourself, fully present in a way that's new and delightful. Be present for your thoughts and emotions. Be present for the gentle way in which your heart and body lead you on. Learn to be fully present for each step of your growth, each step of your journey.
Value yourself, who you are, what you think and feel, and how you grow. For many years you neglected yourself. It was as though you were unconscious of who you were, how you felt, what you believed. You believed that kept you safe, protected you from feelings you didn't want to feel. You believed it was how you should live.
Now you are learning another way. Survival is no longer enough. It does not meet the needs of your heart and soul. Now you want to live fully and joyfully. To do that, you must be present for yourself.
Be fully present for others, too. Be present for their spirits, their emotions, the words they have to say to you, but especially be present for their hearts. You no longer have to fear losing or neglecting yourself if you are present for others. You can do this safely now. You will not be consumed by their needs; you will not become trapped in the workings of their lives. And if you're present for yourself, you'll know how much presence to give to others.
Be present for life- for the starlit skies and the chirping birds that sing to the morning sun. Be present for the earth and grass under your feet, for the feel of a snowflake in your hand. Be present for all the magic and mysteries of the universe.
But most of all be present for yourself. Then your presence for others and life will naturally follow.