Day 4: Miraculous Self

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” —William Shakespeare

Today’s Centering Thought: As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.

Sanskrit Mantra: Om Vardhanam Namah – I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.

Today you’re invited to relax into the infinite space of your heart and let yourself receive.

Many of us were taught that it is better to give than to receive. We easily give our time, energy, and attention to our family and friends, yet we may find it difficult to receive these same things. In reality, giving and receiving are different aspects of the same flow of energy in the universe. Just as every exhalation depends upon an inhalation, the flow of love in our lives depends upon our ability to receive and to care for ourselves. As we meditate today, hold yourself in loving awareness and let your heart receive.

Mindful Moment
Today, begin a practice of daily self-care. Begin by making a list of the loving things you can do for yourself this week—then set the intention to complete one of the items on your list every day. Consider posting the list somewhere prominent or maybe schedule a daily reminder on your phone or computer. Here are a few suggestions: write down one quality you love about yourself, remember to pause and take a few deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed, take a walk or enjoy a good meal with a friend rather than grabbing a sandwich at your desk. As you give freely to yourself you’ll experience the loving awareness that is your natural state.