What would it look like to be there for yourself? It might look like showing up for the heartache with a little more love than you’re used to giving yourself. It could sound like a sigh of relief after you’ve looked in the mirror and told yourself “I think you might be enough.” Whatever it means, these poems are reminders that you’re not on your own.
“There is no greater power than that of the sun, the moon, and a woman who knows her worth.” — Nicole Lyons
Sun, moon, man, or woman—it’s time to be there for yourself. In the big ways, in the small ways, in all the ways that mean just being present and maybe even a little compassionate with where you are and who you are.
This is what I’ve found: when I’m there for myself, I tell myself things like “I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know that I can come through this.” Then, I do come through (I’ve made it through everything so far) but I take my whole self with me, which doesn’t happen when I neglect my wounded “parts.”
If you leave your wounds behind and move forward only partially healed, that pain is bound to weigh you down and reappear as suffering.
You don’t have to be in pain, per say, to finally become willing to be there for yourself, though. You can just stop in the middle of your insanely busy day to close your eyes and take two deep breaths in and out—that’s self-care too.
Whichever way you decide to show up today in support of your own self (even your past or future self), let these poetic words remind you that it’s a necessity for the soul, for a full vibrant life, and for deep inner strength.
It’s Time to Be There for Yourself: 5 Poetic Thoughts about Presence + a Little Compassion
I must be in a complete state,
Whether high or low,
To bathe in unity.
I cannot half-heartedly dig in and
Expect a connection.
I need to be reverent,
Whether with ease or by force,
To taste the energy swimming through my veins.
I cannot forget my true name and
Open the door to life essence.
— Remembering Me
Being there for yourself is how you become truly strong—from the inside out, from the ground up. tell a friend
I crave my own presence
Like cold fingers want a campfire.
Warming up feels like coming home to the
Soul’s one desire:
The truth can burn but
The yearning I can’t deny.
take your time.
you are coming
— the becoming | wing, Nayyirah Waheed
Observing your faults with forgiveness and your flaws with kindness is one way to practice courage. tell a friend
I cannot offer much from the world
That you can keep,
But I can give you
Space to love yourself and
Hope you learn how to let that be enough
So you can remember how to be free.
— What the Universe Said to Me
Letting yourself be enough first, before and if you decide to make the change, is where the real alchemy happens. tell a friend
Let the sunlight find its way into your mind.
Let it light the torches.
Even on the rainy days,
There will still be just enough light left over inside;
Maybe you won’t even need to open your eyes
To rekindle what you were born with.
— Bottling Light
Which of these poems really spoke to you?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!
What’s inside is the one thing that can’t be taken away from you: it makes you you.