Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
Create the space to know thyself
We are either our worst enemy or our best friend. If we cannot love and care for ourselves in healthy and natural ways, then we will always give that type of care away. For better or for worse, who we are and how we respond to our own needs will determine how we feel, what we do, where we go and the relationships we have or don’t have with others.
If we really want to change anything about ourselves or our relationships, then we must start by asking ourselves some questions.
Do I love myself?
Do I listen to myself?
Do I search for truth?
Does what I do reflect that I love myself?
Do I eat to love myself?
Do I expose myself to people and places that strengthen my physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relational good?
Does my life, body, thoughts and actions reflect a deep love of myself?
Do I know myself and do I accept myself? I mean all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Do I give myself grace, mercy, forgiveness and love? Do I spend time with myself? Do I know what’s going on in my spirit, heart, mind and body?
Do I surround myself with people who are living honestly and are giving their time, talents and truths to love and encourage me?
Can I be alone with myself?
There is absolutely no way that you can give away the greatest gifts that live inside of you, if you don’t know what they are and you have not spent time and energy to find them?
Remember, people need your presence to experience your gifts. They need to be with you to receive the greatest you that have been given-your truth, your time and your talents, and the greatest gifts that you can give away.
Your job is to know yourself, accept yourself and love yourself with all your heart, soul and strength and watch that amazing love overflow to your neighbor, your community and your world through every wonderful part of you.