"It's the cause that gives the tidal wave. You don't wait. Do not wait until you're healed. Stay in the place of depth. Keep listening. Find what touches you deeply. Deeply. Don't negate the love." -Louise
Bill W did not wait until he was a 'cured' alcoholic or with 10,000 members of AA to write the Big Book. The first 100 were the ones who came together, pooled their wisdom and ended up producing a book of instructions and personal narratives which effectively changed the entire course of addiction treatment throughout the world.
If you're waiting for something, stop. You're already in a position to do what you need to do, with all prior experiences being exactly what you needed to experience as your perfect preparation for today's cause of choice.
The most important thing I can do today is love myself. The second most important thing I can do is love others to the best of my ability. For today, that is my cause. Loving.
And, once love is the cause, it causes a ripple, a wave, a flow, an expansion, a connect-the-dots illustration of goodness. It elevates, excites and builds.
How I practice self love today is for one thing, by going where the love is and focusing on those people who truly love and appreciate me for who I am. It's by eating very nourishing foods. Moving my body in class. Treating others with kindness and respect, even those I don't understand, especially those I don't feel aligned with today. I soften the thinking in my head so I'm not beating myself for anything, ever. I dress in a way that is comfortable for my body, head-to-toe. I cultivate gratitude for my present circumstances so I feel how abundant my life is today.
"I don't go to the hardware store for oranges." (Actually, I go to Whole Foods for my oranges, which are organic, and a great winter fruit.)
If I do the above, I will likely FEEL and BEHAVE in a way that supports my health, my well being, my life in flow. If I don't, I will feel tired, crabby, depleted and alone. That doesn't mean I'm any less of a person if I don't show up for myself in a truly self-loving way, it just means I'm not fully exercising my power of choice.