HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF
Don’t try to love yourself.
The ‘trying’ is the self-hatred.
Instead, make room for the part
that doesn’t love.
Or doesn’t know how.
Hold that part of you
in loving awareness.
Breathe into the resistance.
And you will know a love
that is unconditional in nature.
A love that is always present.
A love that never ‘tries’.
– Jeff Foster
‘One does not walk into the forest and accuse the tress of being off-center, nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect. So why do we look at ourselves this way?’
– Tao Te Ching
”You are being presented with a choice: evolve or remain. If you choose to remain unchanged, you will be presented with the same challenges, the same routine, the same storms, the same situations, until you learn from them, until you love yourself enough to say “no more”, until you choose change.
If you choose to evolve, you will connect with the strength within you, you will explore what lies outside the comfort zone, you will awaken to love, you will become, you will be. You have everything you need.
Choose to evolve. Choose love.’
Thank you for following my blog. I wish you blessings, love and light for 2017. May you continue to grow, evolve and recognize the magnificence that it your own light.
Lyme Disease is once again kicking my ass, so my focus for the moment is on healing and getting myself back to a healthier state. Protocols, prayer (meditation) and patience are all on the cards. Alliteration aside, it’s actually very daunting but I’ve been here before. May this year be my healthiest. And yours too. Namaste. 🌷🙏🏼😌💓✌🏼
“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.”
~ Iyanla Vanzant
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“We can’t find our path without getting messy. Messy comes with the territory. We came in messy. We learn messy. We love messy. We leave messy. I never found my way to clarity without first befriending confusion, in all its chaotic forms. I never found a path that felt like home before falling into quicksand. I never established a new way of being without trying the wrong way of being on for size. I never found the light without stumbling around in the dark. I never tasted God before getting a little dirt in my mouth. In the heart of the chaos is the clay that shapes us home. Chaotic Magnificence!” -Jeff Brown
“The amount of love, kindness, patience I have for others is directly proportional to how much love I have for myself, because we cannot give others what we ourselves do not have. And, unsurprisingly, the amount of love, respect, support, and compassion I receive from others is also in direct proportion to how much I love myself.” -Anita Moorjani
“Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it, we must have it because, without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love, we can no longer look out confidently at the world. With love, we are creative. With love, we march tirelessly. With love, and with love alone, we are able to sacrifice for others.” –
Chief Dan George, Geswanouth Slahoot, Tse-lai-Watt Nation (1899-1981)
“Loving yourself is essential, it is the first and best place for you to practice your love and grow your love. You are your most intimate circle, as your love for yourself grows, naturally your circle of love will expand to those around you and ultimately to the world. It is through loving yourself that one becomes a hero that is able to give loving kindness to the world. Skipping yourself and solely attempting to love others is to build a home without a sturdy foundation. So much love to you all! May we all realize the empowerment that comes with loving ourselves unconditionally. May we all understand the interconnectedness of inner peace and world peace.” -Yung Pueblo
“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.” –Ram Dass