There are a multitude of sources regarding the origination of Mother’s Day, and all for good reason. I like to think of it as honoring the nurturing aspect of a woman towards a child. However, many women are not mothers, including me, but that doesn’t lessen the capability of nurturing. Nor do I think it is limited to the female gender.
Nurturing is a deeply-ingrained capacity to care for another, and a full expression of love. Anyone can act in the capacity of a mother simply through this self-less, generous expression. The first step to nurturing is turning it inwards to yourself. You cannot give to others freely, without first giving to yourself.
Nurturing is honoring yourself when you are tired, just as a father puts a cranky child to bed. It is feeding yourself when you are hungry, as a mother nurses a hungry baby. It is motivating yourself to fulfill your passions, as a parent encourages a child to build their skills.
To love yourself unconditionally by honoring your body, your needs and your very existence, all of which is learned in your early childhood. If those needs were not met when you were a child, it is never to late to nurture yourself. You act out when your inner child is not being cared for. Ask yourself what you need and do that. Give yourself a hug and tell your child-self that you are loved and cared for and protected. When you begin to mother yourself, you will no longer seek it outside of you. Your relationships will become more meaningful and your total well-being will feel happy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of us.