I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others. ~Jennifer Louden
Jennifer is personal coach, blogger, creator of retreats and best-selling author.
If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...
When I ponder the one thing we each need to be daringly alive, I always come back to befriending ourselves. It's the foundation for everything - relationships, creative expression, bringing our gifts to the world, everything.
You can still accomplish huge feats and make piles of money and inspire millions without befriending yourself but you won't enjoy much of it. You'll be like a dog with her nose pressed against the glass. On the other side is peace and fulfillment and lots of good Frisbee throws. You can see it, you can hear it, but you can't quite feel it.
At the core of you resides a natural warmth, a capacity to love, and a wellspring of succulent tenderness. Nothing can change that. When you make it your commitment to touch that goodness and experience it - rather than believe in it as some kind of abstract - your ability to be in this life and to be of service—expands beyond belief.
You do that by unconditionally, unflinchingly (okay, go ahead and ...