I am learning to be gentle with myself because the rest of my life deserves it.
Because of type 1 diabetes, I am forced to attack my body several times a day with sharp objects, poking tiny holes into myself. This practice helps me to be present and is teaching me to be gentle with myself.
I am learning to listen to my body.
I use to think being tough and hard on myself will make me strong, but now I know being gentle with me is what gives me strength.
And that is an awesome thing.