When we begin any new habit, skill, training, we understand that we are learning and not expected to have all the answers. For me, coming from a very strict and disciplined home, I tend to be very hard on myself and it has taken me years to soften my self-talk. In being hypercritical of myself, I also tended to be critical of others. The path of Loving Kindness and Love First teaches us to be gentle with ourself and others and remember we are all doing the best we can. Encouraging, inspiring words do far more to bring about positive behavior than constantly pointing out our shortcomings. The practice of making friends with yourself and ALL that you observe in your life allows us the opportunity to redirect our neural pathways Rigid thinking stagnates our most precious gift, the ability to be open and flexible facing life’s experiences with grace and compassion.
As you begin this journey the opportunities to practice will present themselves to you. Embrace these moments and with appreciation, stop and ask, “How can I see this moment with more love and kindness?”
“Today I will be open to all the opportunities to practice love and compassion, for myself and for all those I meet.”