Reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach this year I read "cradle yourself gently with kindness and compassion." The word "cradle" just jumped out and grabbed me. The image of a cradle, being swaddled in a cozy blanket and tucked in the cradle to rest is just sometimes needed. When we are down or not feeling well, what do we do, particularly as women with many obligations? We tend to push ourselves to keep moving. We don't cradle ourselves in loving tenderness.
Usually cradle is connected to a baby. How do we treat a newborn baby? With gentleness, comfort, and love? Yes! Why don't we treat ourselves like that? I know I don't often do that.