“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” –

Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book

As a caregiver, don’t make the mistake of not thinking of yourself.  YOU must be made a priority! Go easy on yourself and treat yourself kindly.

Just as the serene beauty of the lotus blossom grows out of muddy water, Jack Kornfield emphasizes the need to find wholeness and peace amid life’s crisis and distractions.  As a well-known American Buddhist teacher and psychologist, his lessons are very applicable to life as a caregiver. It’s essential to be mindful of the practical ways we can infuse small everyday action with insight and joy.

Kornfield says, “Just as we are hard on others we are even harder on ourselves. With mindfulness, our natural compassion grows. We can see that we are all carrying our own burden of tears. You and everyone you meet are sharing in some measure of the pain present on the planet. You are called upon to witness this pain—in yourself and others—with compassion.”

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