“When we share our light with others, we do not diminish our own light. Rather, we increase the amount of light available to all. . . When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter.” – Master Sheng Yen
What does this quote mean to you, my friend?
I have found this to be true in my own experience. Acting compassionately towards others with as little thought of self-gain as possible (much easier than it sounds! We’re biologically wired to assess situations on how they will benefit us) does bring a sense of nourishment. It’s crucial not to hand over all of our light – we need to care for ourselves too. Once we’re in a place of stability, then we can offer better help.
Perhaps an important part of self-care is self-less care towards others, as much as is realistic.