“Pick me up” words

You know that feeling when you learn about something that resonates so much with you that it feels like home? Perhaps when someone shows empathy or when you discover you share similar attitudes and beliefs.

That’s how I felt when I came across the works of Jon Kabat-Zinn.  The past few months, I’ve been immersed in readings, talks and everything else I could get my hands on from this incredible author.

As my mindfulness and meditation practice are deepening, I would like to share these inspiring words that serve as support and encouragement. I suggest you read this attentively and fully. Then look at the calming images below and allow yourself to be carried away and infused with feelings of love and kindness towards yourself.

Love after love

by Derek Walcott

Time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

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