When we care so much for something outside of ourselves it is essential we care for ourselves as well. To be a better advocate for human rights and environmental justice I need to be strong. To be a better mama to my children I need to be patient. To be a better writer I need concentration and free-flowing creative energy. To be a better person I need to be compassionate, thoughtful, and honest. For these things to be true, I need to be happy, balanced, and mindful.
I discovered T’ai Chi a few years ago and along with it a support system I never knew I could have. Practicing T’ai Chi and guided meditation once a week, with a wonderful retreat once a year, has made me a better person. The women in my group have made me a better person.
It is amazing what a little thing can do for a person. Do you have anything similar in your own life?