Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen R. Covey
If you think about it, all new growth is tender. There is a period of time when one must be gentler than usual. Additional love and compassion go a long way to secure the viability of what is growing inside. When you work on yourself in a conscious, directed way, it’s important to realize that some of the keys to sustaining that growth are patience, a delicate touch and persistence.
During my meditation retreat last weekend, our group worked very hard on overcoming long time, persistent negative beliefs, habits, and fears. Sometimes this can be exhausting work and it helps to relax and do mindless activities to give yourself time to catch your breath. A little self pampering can go a long way to insure that you recover the energy that you have expended. For example, take a nice walk through the forest, eat something light, sit in the sun, listen to music, have a cup of tea, take a short nap or anything that doesn’t require a lot of mental activity. I recommend staying away from activities that can distract you like watching T.V. or work/career activities.
When you remove those old tired ways of reacting to the world, a hole or vacuum is created. This is where you plant a fresh belief or start something new that will eventually turn into a positive habit. If you replace old fears, negative beliefs and rigid ways of thinking with something that you prefer, you have taken the first step in consciously directing your entire life.
I wish you a pleasant day!