In the West, one of the guidelines is to Honor your
mother and father.
When we honor our mothers and fathers, and
all that represents (i.e., all that gives us life, nature, animals, the very
air we breathe), we are honoring ourselves.
How is that? Because those who we honor and
what we honor are part of us and we are part of them.
In the 12 Steps, we have Step Four, where we
take a fearless and moral inventory of ourselves. Again, we honor our selves by
taking stock of what and who we are. If we do not look at ourselves in this
way, we won’t be able to see the very things that we need to discard or make
In the East, there are many ways to honor
ourselves through the principles of Yama Niyama. Pantagali, the Father of Yoga,
has said that one of those principles is Svadhyaya. This is self-study, the
study to know more about God…the soul…which leads to greater introspection on a
greater awakening to the soul and God within.
In essence, a principle I have found to be a
wonderful way of honoring myself is:
To Thy own Self be true. The journey starts within.
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