QOTD: Boundaries

“Boundaries are not selfish. They aren’t overindulgent or evidence that you’re too sensitive, and they aren’t weakness. Boundaries are conditions that allow you to take care of yourself; conditions that give you the means to survive and keep from sinking. They’re circumstances that honor your needs and respect your feelings. Limits that YOU get to decide on; limits that are inherently valid, regardless of how they compare to anyone else’s.

You deserve to create a space for yourself that feels safe and supportive. You deserve to exist under terms that don’t harm you; terms that allow your best self to come through. Even if other people don’t understand; even if it makes them feel angry or rejected or sad — your boundaries are necessary and they matter. Their needs matter too, and its not wrong to want to make shifts to accommodate both — but the truth is that you can’t take care of anyone else if your own needs aren’t being met. You don’t have to explain your boundaries. You don’t have to justify them, and you don’t need anyone’s approval. You need to believe that you’re someone worth taking care of, and you need to trust that if anyone is entitled to your protection and care, it’s you.”

Daniell Koepke

The Internal Acceptance Movement (I. A.M.)

 

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Meditation Instructions

If you wish to start meditation, follow these basic instructions :

For Regular Practice

It is good to have a regular space where you meditate at a regular time each day. I prefer first thing in the morning, but you can choose any time that works for you.

If you have sufficient space, it is nice to have a puja or altar or something similar on which you can put spiritual objects that are meaningful to you.

A good meditation cushion is also highly recommended. I particularly like mediation cushions made with a buckwheat filling.

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