It's Sunita here.
The term Self Love Self Care First encompasses much more than taking care of ourselves first.
Many a times, the act of doing something for someone else is the way we are taking care of ourselves. Because acts of love for others make us feel good.
It bolster our relationships, and communicates our love for those who are important to us.
When we have taken care of ourselves, we have the energy and desire to do so, selflessly for others. Our mind is settled and clear so we are able to use it creatively. We discover opportunities to put our loving thoughts into a tangible form for our loved ones to experience.
Such an opportunity presented itself to me this week. Baking a cookie care package for my daughter, who is far away was what I chose to do to send her my love.
This act of love for others is been performed by millions of moms, grandmothers, aunts, friends, and I'm sure many dads and grandfathers as well. That's because it brings about such pleasure to them while they bake. Their joy continues on through the process of packaging the delights they make, and then in the act of imagining the pleasure with which they are enjoyed, when received.
I felt like I had visited Nina while I was baking. Many memories of past Christmas seasons floated through my mind. Happy times, fun times, festive times. I felt her presence as I packed the Pecan Short Bread (Barefoot Contessea's recipe) and Swedish Ginger Cookies (family recipe) for her. I could hear her telling me a hysterically funny story about something mundane, in a way that only she can. All of a sudden, she felt close to me, not thousands of miles away. It did my heart good to bake for Nina. And I hope it does her heart good to receive her care package. It is my wish and hope that she feels waves of my love wash over her as she bites into the little pockets of love in her package. Because that will make it pure gold for me.
Once you make a commitment to honoring your relationships by being attentive to them, there are millions of ways you can do that. A few simple ideas to share your love in a way that makes someone else happy are,
- Write a letter to them
- Send a postcard to them while travelling
- Read to them
- Send flowers to them
- Making a surprise visit to see them
- Volunteer with them for a cause they believe in
- Cook for them
- And then, there is always the act of picking up the phone to say you love them
The main thing is to focus on what makes them happy- not you. Their happiness makes you feel happy and good about yourself. That is an act of Self Love Self Care First on your part. And a win-win!
SLSCF is an immense concept that has many dimensions and practices. Making someone else happy is one of it's simplest and sweetest one.
Wishing you a week of SLSCF, and perhaps baking a care package?