Happy #MindfulnessMonday! We hope your weekends were wonderful and that you are excited for the week ahead.
Today, our inspiration for our #MindfulnessMonday post comes from a quote from the Buddha which says, "if your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." Raise your hand if that statement stops and makes you think? Our hands are up.
Most of us were taught as kids to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But, rarely do we think about doing unto ourselves as we do to others. For example, how many times have you told a friend they were nuts for thinking they looked fat? Yet, how many times do you look at yourself in the mirror and think horrible things, things that would never, ever say to someone else? We know we have. Most of us are really hard on ourselves. We think we should be thinner, prettier, faster, smarter, bendier and even happier, nicer, kinder etc. And, we spend a lot of time building others up, while we internally break ourselves down.
So, this week, we challenge you, and ourselves to internalize the wisdom of the Buddha and practice compassion to others, as well as to ourselves. Let's talk ourselves up instead of down. Let's encourage ourselves and give ourselves a break. We can do it!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.