Self-kindness is an important part of healthy living that should be incorporated into the rhythm of life.
Without it, we will sooner or later pay a price.
It means understanding that we give best out of our own wholeness.
In order to effectively serve others, we must be whole ourselves.
We give best out of our strength, not out of our weakness.
Whenever you fly on a commercial airplane, at some point a flight attendant will ask for your attention as they review the safety rules.
They’ll explain the procedure when there’s a loss in cabin pressure. An oxygen mask will drop from the ceiling. They always emphasize that parents traveling with children should administer the oxygen to themselves first.
Only after they’ve received a healthy dose of oxygen should they apply the mask to their children.
The principle is obvious. Until the parent is sufficiently strong themselves, they’ll be in no condition to help their children.
We best give out of our own wholeness. We best serve out of our own strength.
It means recognizing that self-kindness includes self-care.
We show kindness to ourselves by exercising disciplined health habits.
We show unkindness to ourselves when we neglect the habits that promote good health.
These things are not luxuries or forms of pampering. They’re important elements of sound health.
Some of them include:
Proper rest and restorative sleep
Exercise that promotes cardiovascular health and muscular strength and flexibility
Drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated
Seeking timely professional help when health issues arise
I was born and raised in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. My dream as a child was to play professional baseball. I made it as far as a baseball scholarship to a Division 1 college. I’m a teacher at heart, and love to teach anything and anybody who wants to learn. I started out as a public school teacher. But within a few years, felt called to the ministry, where I spent 32 years as a pastor. I love the outdoors. I love to read. I love people. I love to learn. I try to take a long walk every day year-round. I’ve done that for more than 40 years. It’s where I do some of my best thinking. It also clears the cobwebs from my head and the nonsense that tries to take root there. My blog is Quotation Celebration, where I discuss the meaning and lessons contained within great quotes.