Today, know that Love is not asking you to prove your faithfulness or your care for others through sacrifice. Love is pouring abundance over you. Abundance overflows in you and onto others. Work with a sense of all-inclusive abundance and joy.
Today, know that you are not alone. Love itself accompanies you as a tangible presence, a companion, a support, wisdom whispered in your ear, a sense of comfort. Love also accompanies you by shining through people who are kind, honest, or have expertise; through plants and animals; through objects that support you. Keep your eyes and hearts open for all the ways in which you are companioned.
Today, instead of beginning with a sense of your own flawed or broken nature, start with a sense of your divine wholeness. Love has made you well and whole. How will you express that today?
Love has made your projects whole, your day whole, others whole. Today, you are exploring wholeness.
In the book of Isaiah, God tells us, You are "precious is my sight."
Today, hold to that gift, that love letter: You are precious in my sight. Feel the truth of it.
An awareness of your preciousness helps you care for yourself in wise ways. It gives you clarity in decision-making, dignity in your interactions with others.
Home in its best sense - a place of safety, comfort, acceptance - is a spiritual place that is always with you.. Today, know home as bubble around you that follows you wherever you go. Stay in that sense of home as you move through your day.
Allow people to be complex. Even though we all have areas of weakness and growth, we also have areas in which God, Love, Mind, Spirit shines exceptionally clearly through us. Value those areas in others. Even though someone has challenging qualities, they also have areas in which they have exceptional expertise or gifts. See and value those gifts; recognize the blessings those gifts bring to you or others.
Do the same with yourself. Even though you know you have areas of growth, see, accept, and appreciate those many ways your interests, developed talents and expertise, insight, generosity, or way of seeing or understanding is a gift to you and others.
Those who are afraid of flying often grip the armrest, as if their concentration, tension, and effort helps hold the plane aloft.
Some of us live our lives that way, with a superstitious sense that our tension helps create safety and forward movement. It doesn't, but it can be hard to let go of this belief because the stakes feel so high - crashing!
The answer is to experiment. Let go a little. See what happens. Repeat. Prove to yourself in gentle increments that there is a power greater than yourself in control.
Today, know that whatever steady, diligent work you have been doing to create a healthy life: maybe healthy relationships with yourself, with others, with your home, your body, time, work, food, etc. will pay off. You are imbued with the strength and steadiness and awareness of Mind. Those very areas which have been bringing you the most challenge will be a great blessing.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook says that any strong negative feeling is your inner child asking for care.
So instead of feeling confusion, fear, or shame about negative feelings, ask the inner child what it wants or needs. Like a toddler, sometimes what she needs has no relationship to what she thinks she's upset about. Sometimes she needs a nap, some attention, some time alone, some food, some play, some soothing of fears. Today, understand negative feelings as a sign that you need to care for yourself. Pause, listen, care.
Sometimes our stress and anxiety, our stuffed schedule and overwork, is an effort to avoid sadnesses lingering under the surface. Part of self-care, then, is to pause and acknowledge the presence of those sadnesses, make room for them, as you would sad little children. Give them some space and care. Find small but meaningful ways to comfort. (That might mean merely acknowledging the sadnesses' existence and feelings - giving a little attention. It might mean honest words of a wiser perspective and reassurance. It might mean slowing down a bit and making room for rest or play.) Know that Love is there, wrapping those sadnesses in tenderness and care.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.