Today’s Wednesday Pause is a practice of self-love. Cliche as it sounds, its really an invitation to be gentle with ourselves, meaning whatever that is arising, whether we like it or not or find it inadequately stimulating, we gently accept the moment as it is. This reduces the hold unpleasant feelings has over us. And if we find ourselves experiencing strong emotional energy be it grief and anxiety, we respond with gentleness without needing “to do something” to fix it and make it go away. It’s as if you respond with gentle energy instead of brute force, counterintuitive as it may seem.
Inspiration sought from Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself (1892, extract).
I celebrate myself and sing myself
And what I assume, you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.
I exist as I am that is enough
If no other in the world be aware I sit content
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless
And filter and fibre your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged
Missing me one place, search another
I stop somewhere waiting for you.
Guide: Noelle Lim
Duration: 22 mins
Image credit: Mathilde Langevin, Unsplash