I am my own best advocate.

I rise to what I need in any given moment.

I am the parent I always wanted.

I am the best friend who never was there for me.

I am the protector who knows exactly when to step in.

I am the wise crone waiting by the fire.

I am the student always asking.

I am the teacher with patience.

I am the vessel that houses all of me and yet is

Porous enough for sorrows, disappointments,

judgments and losses.

I am the sufferer who has learned to forgive.

When I fall down, I get up.

When I’m fearful, I comfort.

When I’m wrong, I right it.

When I am ill, I am open to healing

For my highest and best good.

I dwell in my human body that is seen

And in my spiritual body unseen.

I commit to and trust the

kaleidoscope I am

My Commitments to Myself Meditation

By Laura Mancuso

I take care of myself first, because I am deserving of exquisite care. I take care of myself to maintain the capacity to help others. I move and stretch my body every day. I spend time in nature, attuning my senses to the earth's wisdom. I ration my daily exposure to the news. I identify and access credible sources of information. I protect myself from becoming overwhelmed by information about the pandemic. I pace myself. I sit with the reality of uncertainty and impermanence, and allow it to temper my desire for control. I listen without judgment to others' reactions, which may be different from mine. I forgive myself and others when stress brings out our shadow selves. I feel fear fully when I am fearful. I experience sadness fully when I am sad. I allow anger fully when I am angry. I relish joy fully when I am joyful. I seek out healthy pleasures and indulge in them without guilt. I remind myself that feelings are transient states that move through me. They do not last. And they do not define me. Nor do my thoughts. I balance my drive for self-improvement with compassionate acceptance of myself as I am right now. I initiate contact with loved ones to let them know I hold them in my heart. I seek out, with increased sensitivity, those who are the most vulnerable. If possible, I share my resources with those who need help to survive. When possible, I move away from people, situations, and experiences that do not serve my highest good. I strengthen my connection to my sources of spiritual strength so that I continue to be replenished. I acknowledge the nearness of death as a key motivator for living a full life. I pray for the suffering of all beings to cease. I grieve my losses and celebrate my successes. I remain open to new ways of being, surprising sources of joy, and unanticipated discoveries every day.

Laura Mancuso

Laura "Luna" Mancuso (she/her/hers) is an interfaith minister who serves the Santa Barbara (CA) community.

Participants’ Reflections:

  • The reading was an elaborate self-care formula. For a full and rich life. I want to do that for self. Growing up, I learned to take care of others. This formula means setting limits. It reminds me of the teacup you talked about (see June 1 blog