This month we globally acknowledged and some celebrated Mother’s Day.
Traditionally when we celebrate Mother’s Day we think of our own mothers, grandmothers, and those around us who are mothers.
Mothers come in many different forms.
First there is Mother Earth. She who gives us life through plants, animals, sustenance, and the beauty of nature. When we tap into the gifts from Mother Earth we ground ourselves, heal our beings and release stress. In turn, we have the power to give back to Mother Earth by caring for her well-being and thanking her for our daily gifts.
We can be mothers to others in various ways. Mothers are those who give to, nurture, and care for the well-being of others. This includes the act of loving another in a protective, supportive, and caring way.
The spirit of motherhood is not based on gender – it is the ability to unconditionally love. A loving mother loves unconditionally and seeks the happiness of their child.
Those of us who have been through trauma can mother ourselves. We do this by acknowledging our worth and taking a step at a time towards loving ourselves whole again. No matter what you have been through, you are worthy of being loved, and loved powerfully, by the most important person in your life – YOU.
The qualities of motherhood include strength, unconditional love, nurturing, and protection, among others.
Mother yourself this week by:
- Acknowledging your strength. You are here right now, reading this. Perhaps today your greatest show of strength was getting up and getting dressed. Acknowledge this success every day, with the intention to find a new strength every few days.
- Take a single step towards unconditionally loving yourself. Too often we berate and find fault with ourselves more than we notice our worth. Every day, take one step towards loving yourself a little more. This can be anything from practicing self-care or looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you”. If this feels too big, start with, “I see you, I feel you and I move closer to unconditionally, unapologetically, loving you each day.”
- Nurture yourself by doing one thing each day that feeds your soul. Perhaps this is taking a walk, meditating, journaling, or listening to your favorite spiritual teacher.
- Protect your being by saying no to things that do not serve you and yes to opportunities that scare you. The other part of protecting yourself is consciously shifting your emotions from negative thoughts about yourself to better thoughts, until your thoughts about yourself bring you joy. Our greatest hurts come from our darkest thoughts. You are your best protection, starting with your thoughts.
May you shine your light, your spirit of motherhood, on all the lives around you.
We can change the world around us, one person at time, starting with self.