Loving-Kindness and Goddess Time

If we honestly wish to take care of ourselves and serve this planet in a meaningful way - to heal ourselves and others - its true loving-kindness that we must generate in our own heart and mind... Loving-kindness, along with compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, is one of the four immeasurable attitudes that heal the temporary ills of our life and awaken the enlightened qualities that we all have inherited. --Tulku Thondop Rinpoche

Loving-kindness starts with kindness towards your own precious self. It's Sunday morning - "Goddess Time." To remind you what that is, I'm reposting the following from awhile back, with encouragement to make some time for yourself today. You can check in in the comments and let us know what your goddess time looks like - share your inspiration!

I've been engaging in this practice for a while now, but listening to this podcast gave me a name for it... goddess time. Yes! This is a practice for busy women with lots of responsibilities and demands on their time and person. (That's pretty much all of us, right?) Here's how it works for me. On Sunday morning, my time is my own. No one else (including my internal taskmaster) can tell me what do, or even make requests. No phone. No e-mail. It could be a walk, or yoga, or blogging, or a wander in the garden, but usually it's bed, tea, scented candle, journal, pens, huge stack of books and magazines, plus the little dog who thoroughly approves of mornings in bed. I've worked to make my bedroom feel like a little sanctuary, so I relish this *free* time I get to spend there. It makes the whole week easier. Where can you fit some goddess time into your life?

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