You can have whatever you want
but only if you give yourself
permission to have it.
If it isn’t here now,
get still, look inside.
Do you believe
it’s a possibility
that you could really have this thing?
If you really want it,
give yourself permission to have it.
Otherwise you’ll be asking for it
and pushing it away
What do you really want?
Is that so?
Prove to me
you’ve given yourself permission to be happy.
by being happy.
Just a little reminder about self-care
for those of you who might need it…
Friend, take care of your precious self.
You do not need to ask permission.
There is no reason to believe
that getting your needs met is selfish.
Any act of loving self-care
is an act of service to humanity.
Don’t believe me?
Who will serve better—
She who is exhausted
or she who is well-rested?
Who will have the energy
to reach his deepest potential—
He who is starving
or he who is nourished?
It’s so simple, isn’t it?
If you want to have love to give,
love yourself first and foremost,
and let this love spill over
into the minds and hearts
of everyone around you.
Yes, you can give yourself
the rest, the nourishment,
the beauty, the caring,
the gentleness that you need.
You’re worth it!
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself,
no one else will give it to you.
It may seem like a selfish act,
but it is only in caring deeply for yourself
that you can extend that same caring to others.
Let your cup be full, your body rested, your mind at ease.
Now you will be in a position
to offer the very best of yourself
to this world that longs to know you.
Be especially suspicious
of that voice in your head
any time you try something new,
or any time you keep trying to do the thing
you are learning how to do.
That voice is the shadow self
who wants to keep you safe
in the realm of the familiar,
that old prison.
Expanding into your most radiant self
is a direct act of disloyalty
to the unconscious beliefs you inherited
by your ancestors, your family, this society.
Be a rebel my friend!
To the voice of doubt say,
Pick up your pen and write.
Grab your paintbrush, and paint.
Sharpen your pencil, and draw.
Open your mouth, and sing.
Cast some yarn onto your knitting needles, and knit!
Reach for your instrument, and play.
Feel the aliveness in your body, and dance.
Wear your finest clothes for no reason at all
and eat your simple meal on your best dishes,
because you are the elegant company you’ve been waiting for.
We aren’t asking for permission
to become our greatest selves–
and that permission will never be granted anyway.
We stake our claim,
stand up and say,
With such conviction
who needs permission?