I've been thinking a lot about self-love and the challenges it brings. It is not as easy as it sounds, living a life committed to self-love is not without its obstacles.
As you grow, you will discover old, wounded parts of your heart, mind and body that need healing (yes, your body too, but that is a thought for another day.) Self-love requires that we go there, into that dark, wounded space and listen to the story it has to tell us. Trust the journey. Self-love will assist you as you travel down the arduous path of healing. Do not fear it. What remains was meant to remain. What doesn't, let it go.
Life is a mirror. Observe it closely. Everything in our lives is trying to show us something. There is a story inside of you that needs to be told, even if you are the only one listening. Life itself is the lesson and the path.
Self-love is not about pride, arrogance or grandiosity. Self-love is care, nurturing, and acceptance- all the things we most deeply desire. It is all of the things that you deserve, but didn't always receive.
Be gentle with yourself and speak to yourself with love. Love yourself like you would your own child. As a matter of fact, be your own child. Go there.
The good news is that you can give this healing love to yourself. Sure, other people will be a part, but if we do not love ourselves properly, we will always be reluctant or even incapable of receiving love from others. No matter how much we want it.
Know this. You are worthy of love and acceptance, especially your own. It is a gift you give yourself. Show up for yourself. Commit to self-love.