We cannot give what we do not have!

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of a loving god.

As children we are told to treat others how we want to be treated. We go out of our way to be kind, respectful and courteous. To make sure others are being cared for and heard. Now, it is a beautiful thing – to be selfless – to put others before oneself. But, we cannot give what we do not have. There comes a time in life where we have to realize that it is a necessity to become self-regulating, in control over our own decisions. Everyone needs to be aware of their own well being in mind, body and spirit. We need to have the courage to face our own adversities before we can help others do the same. We first have to acknowledge, reflect and process the obstacles that stand in our way. 

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For years, I isolated myself, allowed myself to suffer in silence in an attempt to hide from those around me. I was too afraid or embarrassed to admit that I was not okay, too embarrassed to acknowledge how everyday my chest felt so heavy. It was as if I was planted to the floor – my mind so clouded, – as if there was a thunderstorm raging in my head. I wanted so badly to be okay. I wanted so badly to be there for my friends, family and, most especially, my little sister. 

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But I couldn’t be – because I was not there for myself. I cannot heal others without first healing me. And so goes the same for us all. I encourage us all to work towards nurturing and growing a healthier relationship with our own mental well being. We must establish habits to achieve and maintain a sense of mental wellness and stability. For myself, I take up writing and listening. I write daily reflections and tasks lists. Everyone may have or will have their own practice.The main goal is that it is healthy, beneficial and positive. 

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Let us pray, God grant us the ability to treat our own selves, as well as others, how we feel we should and deserve to be treated. God grant us the ability to see past our own faults, and to reflect on our past, our present and our future. Grant us the ability to grow into healthier, happier people as we continue this life. Guide us towards achieving  a sense of mental wellness and stability. Amen. 

St. John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever

Mackenna Brito – Morning Prayer January 22, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week