“We can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.”
I.E., when we like ourselves/when we treat ourselves kindly and with compassion, it’s so much easier for us to like others/to treat others kindly and with compassion. Why? Because, our internal world/our internal sense of self/our ‘inner peace’, shapes our external world, both in terms of how we view (and treat) ourselves, and how we view (and treat) each other.
As Brene Brown said in her groundbreaking Ted talk, “The Power Of Vulnerability”;
“There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging, from the people who really struggle for it”,
the variable being that;
“The people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe that they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe that they’re worthy.”
If we believe something, in this case, that we’re worthy of love and belonging, then we’re more likely to feel that we are loved and that we do belong. Manifestation, perhaps?, an example of just how powerful our internal world is at instilling change in our external world…
We must therefore make a conscious effort to shift our internal world/our feelings, into a more positive space, to practice gratitude more often, and to actively lean into joy.
We must take the time to look around, to look at the flowers and the bees, to notice the beauty, to acknowledge all the little miracles, to recognise that:
‘What made the trees, made me’,
all the while remembering the following quote, bringing our attention back to it whenever we start to feel “guilty”, or “unproductive” for taking our time…
‘Nature does not hurry, yet EVERYTHING is accomplished’Lao Tzu.