“They” (all the experts and life coaches) strongly recommend that we all learn to practice self-love! Well, What’s the meaning of self-love anyway?
Wow, did I have this question when I first was advised that I needed to start loving myself better. I had NO idea what self-love was. The word was like some abstract piece of art–and I just couldn’t put words to this beautiful expression of love. Self-Love was like an obscure puzzle that I couldn’t fit together to form a complete picture in my mind. Thinking about how to start loving myself somehow resulted in my head aching, as if I was studying for a final exam. I just felt so overwhelmed at the thought.
I have to admit I still sometimes struggle to find just the right words to express my self-love journey even after 1 1/2 years.
I was happy that I didn’t have to figure out the meaning of self-love on my own. As fate would create, I was able to connect with many loving women online. And I was able to get the resources I needed to build up my confidence to move forward on my self-love journey. I was able to find great self-love inspiration and content–and I delved in as if I was mastering a new skill.
Loving others was quite natural to me. Yet, loving myself sounded foreign and scary. What would others think about me going around proclaiming, I’m learning to love myself? Would they think I was being “selfish”? However, in my heart I knew that I was READY to make my decision. And I am so happy that I did!
Now, I’m learning so much about myself. I know that the only way I’m going to live my happiest life is by keep moving and celebrating myself every step of the way. I must continue to make those difficult decisions and choices that will push myself pass my comfort zone of familiarity.
I can’t keep running from myself, covering up myself and/or playing myself down just to fit in with others (a task I could never seem to accomplish). Instead, I created a Community of Women and I began to put all the beautiful Self-Love pieces together. Creating SelfLove – A Community is serving as a wonderful support and resource in assisting me in staying motivated on my self-love journey. In turn, my mission for the Community is to serve the same purpose for other WOMEN as well!
So, What is Self-Love?
What my “heart” (the mind never knew) discovered that self-love in essence is truly knowing and appreciating who you are and sharing that same love with others. For all Love must start from truly loving and appreciating yourself first. However, how self-love is expressed in each of our lives will be uniquely different and that’s the most beautiful part about this journey. We all will envisioned something uniquely different; however all rooted in the same unwavering foundation of LOVE!
Self-Love is the act of loving oneself to BE the greatest expression of Yourself. When You love yourself you respect and honor the journey of others–without EVER sacrificing your own. You encourage yourself . You Believe in Yourself and you provide yourself with all the nourishment you need to THRIVE in Life! And most of all you live a life of service assisting others in choosing to be their unique selves as well! All your actions, decisions and choices are to uplift yourself and others. Life is glorious and you live life to the Fullest!
Practicing Self-Love is not going to be an easy task–and you don’t have to be Perfect at this! Sometimes you may not make the right choice or decision for yourself. Yet, you keep going, growing and learning. You see, self-love is not a destination. Self-Love is a continuous process and journey.
also read 3 Ways Self-Love is NOT!