Shortly after my daughter was born, my mother informed me that she was very ill. This was the last thing I wanted to hear. I was looking forward to many more years of her support and encouragement. She encouraged me to take care of myself. If I resisted she would say, “If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else”. My mother died from heart disease when my daughter was five years old. The picture below was taken seven months before she died.
Since then I have been reflecting on all the things she taught me. She prepared me for motherhood by setting a loving and nurturing example. Mommy often encouraged me to take care of her baby. No matter how old I get, I’ll always be her baby. So, to honor my mother, I’m committed to taking care of my “whole” self; sharing my lessons learned and encouraging others to do the same.
The primary lesson I learned from my Mommy is that our bodies are temples created by God and reserved for spiritual activities and rituals. In future blogs I will be providing information and tips on how we can take care of our temples including the mind, body and spirit.