“Make your self-care wish list fitting for you and act on your wishes often in your new day.”
– Jacqueline Pirtle, 365 Days of Happiness
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Today in India we celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday, also known as Janmashtami. A revered deity who was a “feminist” in his own right. Oh! Let me rephrase, one who believed in gender equality. The Bhagavad Gita is his narrative.
The Mythological Interpretation
The mythological saga Mahabharata portrays his wonderful friendship with Draupadi and how he saved her from being humiliated and disrobed by her own kin of brothers.
In another example, Satyabhama an extremely stunning warrior women with a deep senses of pride was given an unusual life lesson by Lord Krishna. He compared her to salt enraging her no end. Shri Krishna went on to explain how salt was important for all kinds of food, just the way women are integral to the workings of the world. Like salt they keep their existences muted and work behind the scenes bringing the family together with their unconditional love. On the contrary a man, or partner, or another woman who disrespects a woman, has no idea about the role of a woman. Neither love, nor child, nor mother will be found without a woman.
Most of us women sometimes tend to put self-care aside to carry on our roles as mothers, wives, friends, daughters, daughter-in-laws, care-givers and nurturers. Some of us are programmed to be far more nurturing than the rest. And more often then not we miss out on replenishing our own cups.
Laughter is one of the key ingredients to keep us going in tough times. Among others like solo nature walks, meditating, enjoying a cup of tea and savouring one’s favourite lemon cake, or watching a funny video, or playing a game of scrabble with a dear one.
365 Days of Happiness? Or not?
Jacqueline Pirtle‘s book, “365 Days of Happiness” came my way a year back. The tag line, “Because happiness is a piece of cake.” is something that did not resonate as much. After all everyone talks about happiness these days.
What about the sadness?
My reading habits have fallen drastically from what it used to be when I was a kid. I barely manage to read much now. Call it lack of attention span if you must. And I know that has miffed many of my author friends in the past!
I didn’t want to write a fake review for Pirtle‘s book.
Last few weeks were unusually tough, and when I had melt down recently, this is the book that I reached out for. It was lying by my bedside waiting to be reviewed, I guess. No wonder there’s a time and place for everything.
In Jacqueline’s Day 11 Chapter she writes:
“Laughing carries an energy of joy, silliness, playfulness, happiness and fun. When you laugh, you immediately shift to BE and live in a “high life” frequency.
Yes, more often than not laughter ceases to come easily and it’s just tears that flow.
But if we women choose to honour those tears, and ourselves accepting and flowing with the pain and grief, we would be able to let go easily. And life would be less complex.There is a time and place for everything. Click To Tweet
But then we are women. Emotional beings who tend to over-think, over-analyse. It’s in our DNAs.
Let’s make our self-care list and put it up like a vision board, reminding us of things like:
I wish for me to
- To treat myself as my own best friend.
- To be loving gentle and understanding towards myself and those around me.
- To do whatever it takes for me to feel incredible.
- To breathe deep and send out love to the entire universe, even when my world is crumbling.
- To wish for me to relax and spend time in quite peace.
This list has been adapted from Pirtle’s Day 8 chapter.
It’s time women honour women, and that will come from honouring their own selves. Let’s try to love ourselves and our brokenness. And like a ripple effect we might just be able to change the world. One person honouring the other. Yes, Black Lives do Matter, as does the Wildlife, The Air we Breathe, the Trees that give, and the People we come in touch with.
Today on the Indian festival of Janmashtami, let’s be reminded of honouring ourselves and the women in us, and all the people and beings around us.
I take this opportunity of honouring my very incredible co-hostess, Esha, for working hand in hand to make this blog hop a success for the last 2-1/2 years. It has together been a fascinating journey of learnings and growth.
The faith all of you from across the blogosphere have reposed upon us, from different corners of the world has given me the joys of time travel. In fact during the severity of this pandemic, it were your blogs that continued to impart hope in my life, knowing that we are all connected. As one big world community.
My deepest gratitude to dearest Esha for inviting me to start this lovely blog hop along with her one Spring afternoon. Thank you so much, my friend as you embark into your new set of journeys which I am sure will bring you much happiness.
Sending all of you and the universe big love.
Stay safe, and keep honouring the person you are. <3
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