Awaken Yourself, Awaken Humanity

Awaken Yourself, Awaken Humanity
by Sunny Massad, Ph.D.

If you don’t feel like you have control over your own peace of mind, health and happiness, you may not have learned that it is not only okay, but essential to the wellbeing of humanity, that you give yourself what you REALLY want.

Unless you learn practical skills to take better care of yourself and unless you are motivated to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally, you will probably either continue driving yourself faster and harder than is good for you or you could lose your passion and feel apathetic about life.

Accept Yourself as a Work in Progress
One’s journey has to begin with the basic premise that life is a process. It is healthier to accept where you are right now than it is to wish you were where you think you should be.

Are you tired? stiff? anxious about your future? been far too stressed for far too long? Treat yourself like you would treat a best friend if they were suffering in the ways that you have been suffering.

Most emotional suffering is a result of comparing to an ideal of how you think life should be. Stop comparing. Celebrate your own uniqueness. If you like to sleep late, be proud of it!
Every flower in the garden is different and each has it’s own beauty, just the way it is.

Practice Self-Compassion
Take care of yourself so that you can care for others without feeling resentful or burnt out. Everyone knows that they need to put themselves to bed earlier. Most people don’t MAKE the time … don’t want to waste their precious waking hours resting. When was the last time that you took a long, luxurious bath? or walked barefoot on the beach? or took a dip just for the pure sensuous pleasure of it?

If you don’t use your time to serve your highest values, but instead just find yourself mindlessly engaged in unfulfilling activities, months and years can pass and dreams can have a tendency to
fall by the wayside.

Quality of life cannot be purchased. Not even at a spa. But if you keep company with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best, you might not only experience success but deep fulfillment!