After a 5am start and 3 hour drive to Lisbon airport on Saturday, dread filled my heart when we were greeted by an enormous queue to get through security.
When I say enormous there is no exaggeration. I've travelled a fair bit and I'd never seen anything like it in my life. It snaked the whole of the check in area from the front door, through, round and under every available space. It was at least three people deep and was totally un policed or instructed by airport staff.
I have two small boys, 4 and 6yrs old. Queuing is never easy for kids but for my youngest near impossible. Panic began to set in. As a mum I tend to read situations ahead of schedule because I think I know my kids well enough to be able to predict behaviour. So in my mind I leapt ahead into the screaming, flaying, chaos that would unfold when my youngest got bored and wanted to run around like any normal 4yr old chap. I felt deep anxiety spread through me and my temperature went up.
In this lifestyle crazy, wear this, eat that, think this world we live in, we're told all the time what’s good for us. When we think about being good to ourselves we usually think of ways we could improve ourselves or our lives. Exercising to get fitter, reading more to be better informed, eating certain foods to be healthier, using certain products in our homes and on our bodies to be safer.
It appears that being good to ourselves has become about doing and not listening. If we choose to listen to the person on TV or the author of the article we loose the chance to be true to ourselves in the moment, to listen to our intuition. If we listen we can find all we need to know inside.
To connect to this inner teacher, wisdom, intuition, whatever you call it we need a way to tap into ourselves. A simple practice the allows us to make space for doing what's truly good for us in the moment. The practice of kindness towards ourselves c...