A Reflection on Self-Care

Its often that people who choose to dedicate their lives in order to help others or fight for some just cause often ignore their own reflection as they deteriorate due to lack of self-care. I for one am in that bunch, ignoring what I eat, biting my nails, or forgetting to do basic check ups. Although in the self, such acts in the name of justice, service, or helping one’s fellow person are justified as honorable or selfless. There is a counter argument.

Other say, “We do no well to others if we are not able to do well for ourselves.” Those of use tho hear the aforementioned tend to sneer at such colorful statements; viewing them as selfishness disguised in loves clothing, or worse, we take steps to act upon this revelation, and in turn are made sick with guilt or abandon this new routine for the easier pleasure of seeing others happy.

Could it be that we never really learned how to take care of ourselves, or had loved ones who offered an example, and as the years pass by this basic fundamental skill was pushed aside and replaced with an external satisfaction of seeing others cared for?

I think back on my own life, and see that I never really had examples of self-care , and those that attempted like my step-father, to teach me self-care were trumped by all the other examples who challenged that discipline with their “free spirit” or self-abandonment in the name of loving their children.

So today I take a stand. That I will commit to care for myself as much or even more then I care for others. That I will bring healthy foods that nourish me to my body. That I will sit, breathe, pray and meditate more so that I can sharpen my sword and polish my shield for many battles lie ahead, and above all that I can trust in my friends and family and seek help if I need it, for in the end its in the reciprocity of giving and receiving that life truly flourishes

JLM

On Sept 23: a DREAM Awakened

The Dream Awakened

Stretch your arms and rise
Plant your feet and yell
Today is the day
we all sound the bell
No More Hesitation
No More confusion
For the sound is inviting
For we passed the solution

The Night is eclipsed
with bright highlighters
The fear is smashed by
our textbooks and binders
On Your Mark get set go
Run down the Halls
Grab your pencils and pens
And push down the walls

The yelling is muted by visions of truth
We are united as students
Demanding our Booth
One in the same
No numbers divide us,
As we work for the grade
and lay claim to this BUS.

The DREAM is here
Act one has passed,
Lets lift up this country
and never look back.
For we are the present
with the future in sight,
equality and knowledge
is our only fight!

Strength and SOLIDARITY! DREAMERS!!!!

Lets make History

Uneclipsed

To all with a DREAM

The days of life not making sense, will soon enter clarity

The time when all steps forward only met you with walls

is crumbling and preparing to fall.

We are born with an innate desire to live and be the heroes and witnesses, actors and watchers of creation unfolding

The morning dark will turn to cream, for the swirling mix stream of  justice will soon erode your state.

You just wait, but don’t wait alone, and don’t pick up stones, for little by little, that change will come

I cry with you for we are all victims of the inside game, keeping us locked and tame

But no more no more no more, our veins cant contain

The vision instilled by the spirit that sees us all the same.

We are conquerors in chains of destinies in vain, but our voice will not cry, but eloquently unravel the nets, and melt the steel chains, as we leap to new heights.

Our lives are made  of stars, uneclipsed by mortal trappings, for nothing can stop the beating heart of desire, your light will shine, wait and see; your DREAM will come to pass, you act and see;  your destiny will manifest, you live and see.

…………..DREAM

JLM