For most of my life, I understood self-love as taking care of myself. It meant to me living less toxic, and accepting myself for who I was. Self-loving is a process. Over the years and after the necessary shifts in my life, I began to understand love in a new light.
Self-love means that we treat ourselves with kindness and respect especially in relation to our thoughts and feelings about ourselves. It means that we accept ourselves fully as an eternal divine being, and nurture our growth and wellbeing.
Self-love is meeting your own needs.
… is prioritizing your wellbeing.
… making healthy choices most of the time.
… is holding yourself accountable.
… is setting realistic expectations.
… is forgiving yourself when you mess up.
… valuing your feelings.
When we take time to care for ourselves, we benefit collectively. When we are in tune with our own needs, we are better able to tune in to the needs of others. Just as we unconditionally love a child, we too must love ourselves. When we love ourselves in this way, we give and receive authentically.
In reality, our natural state is love. We return to our essence of being and recognize that we are love. When love is cast over our whole being, then we are our true self. This understanding has been revealed from my own spiritual development. I was reminded that we are truly a being of higher source, that is of love, our innate essence.
We may practice various ways to self-love and remember our truest essence of being. Start with returning to breath– our natural life force energy. Journey inward with breathwork, meditation, and yoga. Remember your innate connection to oneness with time in nature. Spend moments alone, simply being. The love of self is experiencing the divine power of being– limitless and unconditional.