Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What Does It Mean, Being Selfish To Be Selfless?

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You probably want to take a health and wellness retreat. Who wouldn’t
want to be pampered and work on self improvement in a gorgeous
setting? You may have seen friends, coworkers or family come back from
retreats and thought, “that seems nice, but I just couldn’t.” Maybe
you longingly read descriptions and look at pictures, and sign up for
email news letters. But when can I find the time, the resources? Maybe
you think your family and friends need you every day in their lives to
take care of them.  Many people who want to take a retreat can’t
figure out exactly why they haven’t before, but underneath the vague
promises to yourself that you’ll do it someday is an ugly
misconception – to spend time and focus on yourself is selfish.

The Truth: When you nurture the light inside you, only then can it
shine for others.

While our retreats are designed to pamper you in beautiful
surroundings as well as improve your life in all aspects, take a
moment to think about how the experience may radiate out from you to
the world.  You will learn to connect with yourself in a way that will
positively affect all your relationships.  From your family to the
clerk at the coffee counter, each interaction you have is an
opportunity to let compassion and happiness out, where it will
proliferate in ways you can’t imagine. You may also be surprised at
the energy you will find.  After a mental and physical cleanse such as
our retreats offer, your capacity to give back to the community will
grow, whether it be with a smile or volunteer work.  Learning to
become healthy through our retreats is great for you, but is also a
gift to your loved ones.  Your living example of mindful living
through nurturing your mind and body will inspire those you love to do
the same. And perhaps the greatest gift to your family, to enjoy the
gift of your friendship and love for many long, healthy years.

Don’t take our word for it:

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be
happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as
much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the
long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Gandhi

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with
our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our
actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville

Many say to you, “Don’t be selfish.” And what they mean is, “Satisfy
my selfish intent, not your own. I’d be a lot happier if you were
doing the things I need you to do in order for me to be happy”. And
so, the best gift that you could give to anyone, would be to be a
liver of unconditional love. In other words, you’re loving them, even
though they’re not loving you because you’re not doing what they need
you to do in order for them to love you.
Abraham Hicks

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then
the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by
demons, heaven or hell.
Buddha

Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
Wayne Dyer

Sophie Jones
Sophie Jones leads detox and weight loss retreats around the world from Bali to Costa Rica and many more places in between. Join her on her quest to help her clients lose weight, fully detoxify and begin a new healthy lifestyle. sophie@cleanseplan.com

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