So as we move towards the end of February and our month of self love, I invite you to take a moment to check in and see how you are feeling. Right now, in this moment, how are you? How do you feel about yourself? How do you feel towards yourself? Is there any space for a little more compassion and self love?
This month we have explored cultivating a heart and mind of loving kindness. Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Which means, it’s a not a destination — but an everyday practice.
Self love isn’t something we can develop over night. It is a life long practice that takes patience and acceptance. Some days loving ourselves comes more naturally than others. It’s easy to love ourselves when our external world is going in our favour, when we get a promotion or win a big client. But how can we continue to cultivate a practice of self love and honour our self care on those days when we struggle to love ourselves?
Real self love moves past the ego to a place of embracing every scar, wound and unlovable part of yourself. It’s the unconditional support, self-care, and compassion you give yourself that ultimately translate to good health, great self-esteem, happiness, total balance, and well-being. Self-love is a basic necessity, a fundamental positive value that leads to inner peace and happiness.
For most of us, used to self sabotaging and listening to that cruel inner voice, it means completely rewiring a lifetime of habits. It requires reprogramming your brain and body to be kind, accepting, loving and supporting towards yourself. Achieving self love is one of the greatest achievements human kind can reach.
In order to show ourselves the love we deserve, we need to be in the right mindset. A mindset that believes you are worthy and deserving of love. For me, I have always found meditation to be the most powerful way to tap into this frame of mind. Meditation takes us straight to our true self and teaches us the qualities of forgiveness, compassion and acceptance.
A practice of meditation allows you to be you, just as you are. Nothing to change or fix. You don’t need to suppress your emotions or push away your thoughts. The very act of sitting with our experience exactly as it is, is an expression of love itself. Instead of judging or analysing our thoughts, or beating ourselves up each time the mind wanders, we find compassion and acceptance. We give ourselves permission to be human.
We come to see that our thoughts and emotions are transient, in constant flux, changing, evolving, arising and disappearing. From this space, we recognise that feelings of lack, or unworthiness are temporary, passing. From this space, we can find our centre in which we recognise our true and innate beauty.
So I invite you to make yourself comfortable, settle in and enjoy this meditation I've created just for you.
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