What’s This Self-love Thing?

Self-love; most of us have heard this idea.  You must love yourself before you can truly love someone else.  How many times have you heard that one?  But, what is this whole self-love thing?  Does it mean that you should always praise, adore and shower yourself with gifts?  What connotations come to your mind when you think of self-love?

 Here are some things I do know.  We are not perfect.  We are all human which means we all have human frailties.  We all make mistakes.  Mistakes are part of the way we learn.  So, self-love is not about being perfect or performing perfectly.  Self-love is more about accepting our imperfections and being compassionate about the fact that we can and do make mistakes. Acknowledging that even though we make mistakes we are still ‘good’ is essential.  The more you can accept that you are imperfect and yet still good, the more you will feel love and compassion towards yourself.

 Self-love is about grasping that your essence is good.  It is accepting that you can be light even, though sometimes you feel dark. It is learning to be gracious towards yourself.  Self- love is a consistent commitment to remembering who your authentic self is:  good.  Not perfect, but good.

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