Quote of the Day: Consent

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 but is best remembered for her work championing human rights. This is a difficult quote for most of us because it is easy to agree with the sentiment, but it is difficult to put the concept into practice. This is not just about everybody being equal, it is more about each of us recognising and accepting our own self-worth. Without this acceptance, we are vulnerable to self-criticism which is far more harmful than the criticism of others. Consent to stand tall today!

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6 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Consent

  1. Love this quote. Also believe it with my whole heart that i am the only one who controls not only my own self worth, i also can help my children recognise their own self worth and value. I want to help others with rebuilding themselves. Its why I write poetry and my articles.

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  2. Dear Andy,

    Reflecting on Eleanor Roosevelt’s thought…

    Our Buddhist community has two main meditations – Mindfulness of breathing – bringing one’s attention back to the breath, – aiming to improve one’s focus and Metabhavna – translated as Loving Kindness.

    The meditation is a semi-repetitive thought stream like:

    May I be well * May I be free from pain and suffering * May I be happy * May I be kind and generous

    But you can choose your own expressions of loving kindness instead of these examples.

    And these thoughts are directed for five minutes apiece separated by a single bell …towards

    Self, 2. A loved one, or good friend 3. A person one knows, 4. A person one finds difficult, or one tends to dislike and finishing up with 5. Mankind in Generalelf

    Most people find the first one odd, or a bit creepy, but the teachings say that if one cannot love oneself, one has no foundation of loving kindness for others. A bit like flight safety instructions to put on your own oxygen mask first.

    Just sayin’

    Kind regards, Mike


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    1. Hi Mike,

      Yes, Yes, Yes. I first encountered Buddhism first hand on a trip to Hong Kong …. And I was blown away. The main messages I came away with (amongst others) were to be the best version of oneself in thoughts, words and and actions; and compassion. It took me a lot of study to separate compassion from sympathy, empathy and pity, and I guess I am still a student on this regard (but aren’t we all?). I have written an essay on Buddhism and compassion …https://the-sage-page.com/buddhism-and-the-philosophy-of-compassion/ … let me know what you think!

      I was a hypnotherapist a few years before I encountered deep meditation and I was struck on the similarities, All hypnosis is self hypnosis. Hypnosis and meditation free the subconscious mind from the conscious to allow healing and nurture to take place. And mantras are are right up there in both!

      But the big point here is self love! The oxygen mask is great analogy. Thank you.

      Best regards

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