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Monday Mantra: The Mid-February Call to be Gentle

This was a great weekend. I got a lot done and enjoyed down time. But one thing I didn’t do (which I almost always do on the weekends) was write. I knew what I needed was a break—and instead of pushing through and writing because “I should,”  I took the time to do internal work and simply enjoy my Sunday in all the ways my presence was telling me I needed.

Turns out, this is quite the late-February pattern of mine. As I looked back at posts I wrote this time last year—and the year before—I found that both highlighted the same need. A break. A reminder to be gentle with myself. Permission to not be perfect.

So, here’s last year’s reminder to be gentle. I hope you can give yourself a break at some point this week, too.

Monday Mantra: Be Gentle

“Be quiet my love, it’s okay to say nothing,” I say as I close my eyes and remind myself to be gentle.

So what is it to be gentle? Well, to be harsh is to care too much, to overthink, to push through something without a full thought—mostly it means that you’ve gone outside of yourself for affirmation. To be gentle on yourself is to release the need to please, (yourself or another,) and instead listen to the little parts of self that ask for quiet, solitude, and care.