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Self-Care Is Not Selfish

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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about why self-care is not selfish.

One of the big things I've learned

over the years as a mindfulness

teacher is that many people don't

actually feel like they have the

permission to take time for themselves.

The meditation practice

itself can sometimes feel

like a self-focused practice.

We're turning the attention inward.

We're focusing on the breath.

We're feeling our own

internal access experience.

And while that certainly has an

impact for how we show up for other

people and in the world, a lot of

times it can feel like we're selfish

for taking that time for ourselves.

There's one quote though, that I've

always loved that I think puts this in

perspective, it's by Parker Palmer and he

says, "Self-care is never a selfish act.

It's simply good stewardship of

the only gift we have, the gift we

were put on earth to offer others.

Anytime we take care of ourselves, we

do it not just for ourselves, but for

the many others whose lives we touch."


So just notice what

it's like to hear that.

Self-care is never selfish.

Now, even if you do feel a strong pull

to help other people, to serve other

people, to be there for your family,

your relationships and your work,

the person doing that is right here.

It's you.

And we can't do that on an empty tank.

Every once in a while, we need to shift

the car from fifth gear to third, to

first, and even put it in park and refuel.

It's only then that we can go back and

do the work that we care most about

and take care of the people in the

way we most want to take care of them.

So notice if you've been

putting yourself second.

Notice if you feel guilty

for taking time for yourself.

And see if you can maybe keep this quote

in mind as you go throughout your day

and beyond, remembering that anytime you

take care of yourself, it's not selfish.

It's for others.

It's for the world.

It's for the environment.

We'll do some more around this in

our meditation today, but I do want

to thank you for your practice.

I say that at the end of a lot of my Daily

Mindfulness moments, and the main reason

I do is because it's an acknowledgement

that the practice is not just for you.

It's for your families, it's for

your relationships, it's for your

communities and it's for our world.

So I'll say it again.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you soon and take care.

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