Be kind to yourself.
– The First Practice of The Mosaic
One would think being kind to ourselves would be so easy for us to do, yet for most of us this simple practice is really difficult. It almost seems like we have become wired to be hard on ourselves. And why wouldn’t we? After being told over and over again, that who we are is not good enough, over time we start to believe that messaging is true.
Naturally if we believe who we are, is not good enough, we spend our time trying to be someone else. But matter how hard we try, we will never be someone else, we are destined to fail, because being someone other than ourselves is not sustainable. Our failure continues to reinforce our story of not being good enough and we fall right back into the self perpetuating pattern of failure and being hard on ourselves.
When we ask ourselves “what do I see?” for most of us, if we are honest, we don’t see ourselves. We see the walls we have built around ourselves to protect us from being hurt or the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. Very rarely do we see who we are without the walls and the stories.
This practice of BEING KIND TO YOURSELF is an invitation to see what is and be kind to what it is we see. The connection of this practice is a connection to ourselves.