It is tough, many of us are feeling a bit weary, defeated, anxious or angry. All this is a perfectly natural human reaction to what continues to be an incredibly challenging year. But we don’t have to do it alone.
Self-compassion is key because sometimes when life is very hard and makes no sense and friends and even God seem far away, self-compassion is the bedrock, the soft place to fall when everything else has given way.
We have permission to change our minds. Not only is embracing new understandings allowed it is a powerful spiritual action and deep ethic of love. Without changing, we will never grow in Christlikeness after all, we will not let go of the things that mar the image of the Divine in us, and our capacity to be agents of His restoration in the world will be lessened.
Joy, stubborn and resilient, reminds us life is never one thing; that despite demands and difficulties that come scurrying our way there are still things, accessible experiences, that can ignite our curiosity and joy.
Self Care sounds like a bit of a fluffy-sounding buzz word sometimes doesn’t it? Audre Lorde said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation”. It was the opposite of a fluffy, self-indulgent notion.