It is imperative that we respond to our own needs before we can even begin to help anyone else. When we meet our own physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we have far more to give to others and this is reflected back to us in their response to us. Part of looking after ourselves involves connecting to the voice inside and I find that journaling helps me to hear and express that voice more clearly. How do you honour your needs?
We have to be there for ourselves
and treat ourselves with kindness
For us to give to someone else
Self-love must start inside us
We cannot give what we don’t live
No gain in self-berating
Let’s not wait for the whens and ifs
Self-love needs propagating
What would it look like for today
If your own needs were honoured?
What would the voice of self-love say
if it shone down upon us?
It is a precious place to delve
Let’s feed on our own rations
and really be there for ourselves
All-in, true self-compassion