NOURISH YOURSELF BEFORE YOU NOURISH THE WORLD
The Divine Feminine nourishes herself first so she can then nourish the world. A malnourished flower has no strength to bloom fully, let alone share herself or her beauty with the rest of the world.
In Western culture we often get taught that putting ourselves before others is selfish, however prioritising our own wellbeing first can be the polar opposite of selfish when we look at it in the same light of making sure you put your own oxygen mask on first in an aeroplane emergency, before helping anyone else - if you do not put your own mask on first, how will you be of any help to anyone else once your oxygen is depleted? I feel it is of vital importance to prioritise our own wellbeing before emptying out our cup to others, this guarantees we have the strength to refuel our cup as we empty it out, and avoid reaching a critically low level that sees us depleted and of no gift to anyone, let alone ourself.
Fill your own cup up, and then share it with others. Karmic Law reminds us that the more we have, the more we have to share with others, so there is nothing selfish in making sure your cup is full and overflowing, so you are able to share it effortlessly with others. Selfish would be a tumbling empty cup, empty with nothing to share. When I reach that critical point of being depleted, I have learnt to be unapologetic at prioritising my self over others' expectations of me, some times that will be a morning at the ocean, on my own, sometimes a massage, sometimes a moment at the sauna/spa, sometimes just a time out in my own room, a day or two off social media, a day not answering calls etc. I have seen my family occasionally get upset with me in these moments, but overtime have realised that no one can possibly understand this concept until they practice it for themselves and see how much brighter the world becomes, and how much more they have to share with others, including more presence, when they practice this way of being – I rather be more present and more available in shorter periods of time with others, than to be partially present and partially available over a longer period of time, that is how I work, I highly value quality over quantity, see what works for you.