My latest piece for The Wisdom Daily has gone live -- a short meditation on self-care. Here's a tiny taste:
Fasten your own mask before tending to the child's... It makes sense. If I were traveling with a small child and there were a need for oxygen, and I tried to fasten their mask first, I might run out of air myself and lose consciousness before I could fasten my own.
Though I will admit that now that I am a parent, I suspect I would find the instruction difficult to carry out. I understand it, sure. But if my kid were gasping for air, my heart would yearn to fix that, even though my head would understand that I had to tend to my own needs first. When my beloveds are gasping for air - whether literally because of illness, or metaphorically because they're in a difficult place where the emotional air feels thin - my heart yearns to fix that, too.
And when my heart is yearning to help someone else, it can be difficult to remember my own oxygen mask...
Read the whole thing here: Is Putting Your Own Needs First Ok?