Where there is great love there are always miracles. – Willa Cather
Who is your greatest love?
Did the question bring a smile to your face? Who did you think of? Your child. Your husband/wife. Your best friend. Your sister/brother.
Who said themselves? Go ahead raise your hand.
Loving Yourself Is The Greatest Love
Love for yourself is the cornerstone of every great love. Without it, you can lose your sense of self, your dreams, your spark of life. With it you find more love in everyone else.
Love Is Not Boastful
Loving yourself can sound foreign, even vain. Let’s stop that notion right here. Sure there are people who love themselves for the wrong reasons. When you scratch the surface, they don’t know what love is. They think it’s about looking good, being the best, or having the most money. In essence, none of those matter to your inner self.
Truly loving yourself means embracing everything you are right now. Do you look in the mirror and say, “You’re perfect just the way you are?”
Or is everything wrong?
Love Does Not Judge
Try the opposite today. Every time you think a negative thought about yourself. Stop in the moment. Apologize and give yourself a little Valentine’s Day hug. If this is hard to do, think of the person in your life who loved you unconditionally. Imagine they are beside you all day today cheering you on. I’ll bet by noon, you’ll feel like a different person.
Here’s another loving thing you can do for yourself. It came from a moving meditation we did at my yoga class.
Stand up tall. Place your hands in prayer at your heart. Slowly reach your arms up above your head. Continue to bring your arms around in a big circle, arching back a bit, heart toward the sky. As you bring your arms close to your body, turn the palms up and scoop up the energy from the earth and bring it back to your heart. Hands close in prayer at your heart.
Put on some beautiful music and continue this flowing movement for one full song. You’ll feel as light as a bird at the end.
Your Valentine’s Day
Let’s change the notion of Valentine’s Day to make sure in includes some self love. A friend reminded me last night how much I love the fragrance of Star Gazer Lilies. I plan on picking some up between appointments as a gift for myself.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. ~ Lucille Ball
I propose a toast. Raise your champagne glass and toast the wonderful love of your life, you!