Most of us can probably think of places which feel special to us in some way.
‘Silence is essential. We need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light.’
Last week, we looked at setting aside a place in our home which symbolises our intention to nourish our spirit. Just as important as creating a place is to create time.
‘Nourishing our spirit’ is the final of Christopher Germer’s ‘Five pathways to self-compassion’.
Emotions are natural responses to the changing conditions of our lives. We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves if we feel that we ‘should’ be happy all the time.
Many of our emotions, especially the very powerful ones, are connected to the bonds we feel with other human beings.
‘Although our personal experience may tell us otherwise, self-compassion is the most natural thing in the world.’
There are times when a more positive attitude to stress might help us ride its waves with a more joyful attitude.
‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.’
Robert Louis Stevenson
Regular mindfulness meditation can help us become more receptive to the nourishment which is present in our lives.