The great commandment is to love God and to love your neighbour as yourself. It’s that last part that we sometimes struggle with: loving yourself. If we are to practice compassion and forgiveness, a good place to start is with our own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. That’s more difficult right now, with the anxieties and uncertainties of our situations. I have found that paying attention to the simple things take energy.
Keeping some sort of a routine for sleeping, eating, exercise, prayer, or work feels less automatic and more like a monastic discipline these days. But I have found when I am kind to myself, I can be kinder to others. Above all, I make room for God’s kindness to wrap me in love and lift me in hope.
I encourage you to reach out for the things that feed your body and soul. That may be a conversation with a friend, some therapy time in the garden, or allowing yourself to savour that cup of tea without turning on the radio/tablet/television to hear yet more depressing news.
Taking care of one another is important. It can happen as we allow God to show us how to take better care of ourselves. If you are finding daily life too much at the moment, there are resources available - helplines in the community and helplines through the Church. You can also email me for a virtual appointment.
Together, let’s covenant to breathe, love, pray, and hope. Please try to let that love begin with yourself, knowing by faith that you are beloved of God.