Those of us who…

Those of us who have any kind of privilege, who don’t have to scrabble in the dirt to make a living or to find food, who don’t have to run from bombs and missiles, who aren’t being beaten down by oppressive systems of government or prejudice… we had better start taking seriously our duty to care for ourselves, as an act of dignity, as a responsibility, as an act of honour towards those whose circumstances prevent them from doing so, and just because we can.

As Parker Palmer writes, Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Any time we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many lives we touch.’

Self-care and care for everything are one and the same.

To have the privileges of peace, financial resource, economic and political stability, work to do, a dry and warm place to live, is to be in a position of enormous power and influence.

And until we, who can, give up burning ourselves out, until we start treating the sacredness and preciousness of our own bodies as precious and sacred, until we start extending kindness to ourselves, until we learn to care for ourselves and the energy of our lives, we will continue to struggle to take care of others and of our fragile, extraordinary, necessary world.

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2 thoughts on “Those of us who…

  1. Wow such beautiful words and so extraordinarily true – thank you for this powerful reminder of how blessed some of us are in our lives – I spend a lot of time being the “I will just do such and such and then I will really take care of myself” but I know the time is now and we are sacred and precious beings living in a very fragile and amazing time on Planet Earth and the “I will just…..” is a distraction and even if I do a little bit that too is enough – I set myself huge tasks and they are often too huge and I completely exhaust myself as I whizz around being very important helping others and being “so busy” and doing and doing and really to be still and know is enough, to be gentle and to live with ease and grace is enough. With the slowing down there is more space to to take care of myself and others!

    • Hi Deborah
      Thank you so much for writing – and for reading. Yes.. there is so much for us to learn in what you’re saying (and so much that we have to work with before we’re able to do it)
      Wishing you well
      Justin

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