Loving Yourself During Difficult Times

They say moving is one of the top three stressors in life, the other two being death and divorce. I have experienced death of a loved one and am currently in the process of a big geographical change. I can say with certainty that I think “they”, whoever they are, are right. Managing details, waiting around, dealing with mistakes, the money that pours out, the people you have to work with and live with during transition, the physical moving, and living out of suitcases, the driving around everywhere and getting lost, the thoughts about “what the hell am I doing”…. it can be exhausting.

I can’t remember another time that I had to learn to be more patient and more caring with myself than I have ever needed to right now. Making changes to create a better quality of life for yourself is not always easy. Sometimes it takes a lot of work. It definitely takes trust. And it most certainly takes patience.

Patience, or lack thereof, over the years has been a thorn in my side. It’s twisted and poked and twirled around in there causing me distress both emotionally and physically. Even though that thorn is really a metaphor, if it were real, it would have caused the same damage.

What that thorn did though was send me a clear message. It said,

“Stop. Wait. Breathe. Close your eyes. Sense your body. Listen. Love yourself in this moment.”

If there ever was a time in my life that I needed to listen to this message, it was now.

When life challenges you, stopping and taking a moment to just breathe can make all the difference in the world.

Remember you are well. Remember you are loved. Remember how incredibly amazing you are and all that you are in the world. Remember what a powerful creator you are. Remember to trust and believe in yourself. Remember that the universe is always on your side.

Understand that you never know why things happen as they do and that those little tidbits that seem like mishaps can sometimes lead to something else on your soul path. Show yourself some love by being patient. Patience is a spiritual practice and with patience comes reward.

With love,


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