Day 7 of the Feast
Dear One,

My brother sent me a link to an inspiring video yesterday. It features a woman who has struggled with self worth, self care, and self compassion since she was young. She talks about the benefits that meditation had given her and how she found self love.

It's true, for some, being kind to yourself, taking care of yourself, loving yourself, doesn’t always come naturally.  In fact, many resist the concept of putting themselves first, because they are brought up to do the opposite: put yourself last, and be sure to take care of others first.

By becoming aware of how you care (or don’t care) for your body, mind, and soul, you are taking the first step on the path to self-love. And meditation can help. When your mind quiets, you can see things more clearly, you notice your internal monologue, and you uncover habits of ignoring yourself or disliking some aspect of yourself.

When you truly pay attention to yourself, you realize you are not simply your self-image and the roles you take on, the work you do, or the responsibilities you have.  Instead, you come to know yourself intimately as a compassionate, wise, kind, aware, and peaceful being.

Self love is born of self-awareness, and meditation can help. Watch the video on YouTube here.
Thank you for putting your spirituality first during this time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Love, Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona
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Meditation Teacher Highlight
Meditation for Day 7.

Self-love expert, Julie Reisler is one of the Feast's newest faculty members. She's on the faculty of Georgetown University, is an author and speaker, and has a popular podcast. Julie is dedicated to helping you navigate the journey from self-criticism to self-love. Her self-love meditation is a wonderful way to connect to your heart.

Spiritual Practice Tip
Be kind to yourself.

An essential key to meditating correctly is to be kind to yourself in meditation. While it should go without saying, I still say it because many people sit in meditation with an attitude of being tough on themselves. Treating yourself with impatience or being unkind to yourself doesn't help change your behavior; it’s simply a bad habit.

Instead of beating yourself up in meditation, be gentle towards yourself as you commit to transforming your life. Don’t get down on yourself if your mind wanders, or you get bored, or the experiences you have in meditation don’t fulfill your expectations. Don’t compare your experience to others’. welcome everything, expect nothing, and above all, be gentle with yourself. You are on the right road with meditation.
Living the Feast
A beautiful life includes loving yourself.

How you treat yourself can inform everything you say or do. Whether you want to have better relationships, find the perfect job, enhance your health, or increase your intuitive abilities, it all really begins with self-love. Take some time to cultivate a warm and gentle feeling for yourself.

Ask yourself:

What do I really want?
How can I best love myself?
What am I grateful for?

And treat yourself as you would a good friend.

  • Say some sweet words to yourself with sincerity, kindness, and warmth.
  • Sing a love song to yourself.
  • Appreciate yourself for putting your spirituality first.
  • Say what you mean, say yes and no and mean it.
  • Listen to yourself.

You are the one you've been waiting for.
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