Nurturing Thursday – Commitment


10-3-13

Time to stop putting yourself
and your needs on the back burner

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For many, it may be a harsh reality … but no one can fill our void or meet our needs.  Along with intertwining the Divine Love of God, it is our responsibility, and ours alone.  It may involve intense soul searching and tunneling to the connection of our core … to finally realize … It is not being selfish, it is being self-full.  It is imperative to our purpose to allow this nurturing; to provide our inner being with the loving act of self-kindness, to free ourselves in order to blossom and grow profusely.  Think of how much richer our relationships with others would be … without the pressure of fulfilling our needs or us fulfilling theirs … Allowing ourselves to realize this is not a competition or a race?

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Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Laurie’s Notes
Jacqueline King
Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Pocket Perspectives
Carole Carlisle
Hugmamma’s Mind, Body and Soul

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What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above average at the same time. Don’t we usually know of someone richer, more attractive, “more together” or successful than we are? Even if we discount the material aspects and consider the more spiritual facet, don’t we know of those who seem more at peace, more aware or living in the moment. Even when we do manage to feel a strong sense of self-esteem or self-confidence, we are not able to consistently hold on to it. For most, our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling strongly tied with our latest success or failure.

In an effort to eliminate labeling ourselves as “good” or “bad”, and clearly accept ourselves with an open heart … to treat ourselves with the same kindness, caring, and compassion we would show to a good friend … I would like to incorporate more self-compassion and self-kindess in my life.

To “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy” … I am dubbing Thursdays as Nurturing Thursday … a spin-off of the suspended Occupy Blogosphere started by Amy of SoulDipper.

If any of my readers are interested in joining the nurturing, I applaud and welcome you to do so … the more the merrier!!

 

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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12 Responses to Nurturing Thursday – Commitment

  1. This is so True Becca, often we put our own needs on the back burner, but it is not being selfish to look after one’s self.. if we do not look after ourselves then how can we look after others when they need our help….
    Healing comes from within as we learn that when we send out a prayer for others to also include ourselves….

    Love to you Becca, hope you enjoy your weekend xox

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  3. lauriesnotes says:

    May we be a little gentler with ourselves 🙂
    Much love!
    L

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  5. hugmamma says:

    Hugs for the reminder. I know of what you speak. Only now into my sixth decade have I fully comprehended that I need to be…self full. As the youngest of 9, I spent most of my life…assigned to the back burner. Looking back, I feel I epitomized my generation’s mantra…”children should be seen and not heard.” Sadly, I didn’t outgrow it until my mom passed away. Only then could I begin to extricate myself from last place…in my own life. Thankfully, my husband of 42 years, and my 27 year-old daughter have been by my side…nudging me forward. I’m now in a great place! 🙂

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  6. How right you are!!!!! Even though I have to take an elderly friend to the Dr. I still am making time to see my coach…which I almost gave up but didn’t! One star for Me!
    AND I TOOK TIME TO WRITE MY BLOG BEFORE I GETON WITH MY DAY http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/nurturing-thursday-life-is-a-garden/

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  8. Circumstances have forced me to nurture myself rather than others, this summer, Becca, and I feel as though my relationships have become more honest, as a result. I am still loving and caring towards family and friends but I no longer believe that I have to jump in and resolve their problems ~ and that is very liberating and empowering for us all. As you say, this is not selfishness but fundamental to my well being and spiritual development, which can only be for the greater good. Thank you for sharing this simple but profound message! 🙂

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