The Importance Of Self-Love

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“Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust suddenly you become centered.” ~Osho

Photo on 12-12-14 at 10.58 AMI am excited about the official launch of Feeding The Heart. I actually launched the site earlier this week only to discover I accidentally deleted it as well. I had some of my material saved but I basically had to start from scratch. Needless to say I had a complete mental meltdown where I ended up on my my yoga mat for a few hours and I discovered a lot about this project and myself. Life will continue to throw curve balls at all of us and rather than look at them as “getting in our way” why not look at them at opportunities to discover?

As I shift living from a mindset of fear to one of love, I find myself nourishing parts of myself I heavily neglected in the past. Instead of going back into my old thought patterns, ones that held me back, I decided to use this experience to see this experience from a whole hearted perspective (as frustrating and upsetting that seemed at the time). This was an opportunity to face my fears!

After about two hours of sun salutations, some soul crying and Bon Iver playing in the background, I spent the night practicing self-compassion for myself. I decided that if I was launching this site I must fully comment to what I write and advocate for: self-love.

It’s so easy to beat ourselves up: I should have done that. I could have done that that was stupid. It’s all your fault. The list goes on. I know because I use to be there. I would put myself down instead of being my own champion. I had no self-love or respect for myself. I’ve called myself all the names in the book and while I thought I discovered it, it never solved anything. It continued to feel sorry for myself, continued to view myself as a victim. I didn’t take the time or energy. to tap into my heart and listen to its wisdom.

I think we could all use a little more self-confidence and inspiration  in our life so we can begin to learn what it means and feels to be your own life cheerleader. In the end we have to learn to love and embrace ourself, every single part. I spent a lot of time changing my appearance thinking that a new haircut or a new pair of jeans would allow me to love myself and feel worthy. It never worked. I realized that to empower myself, I had to learn to love every part of myself: the good, the bad, the ugly and the crazy. All of it! No pair of jeans were going to cover that up. Now instead of hiding  my “parts” I embrace all of them now. I love them. As a result I am learning to not only love myself, but fall in love with myself.  

I dare you to discover the power of self-love.

 

About the author

Ruth

Feeding The Heart is a blog and resource dedicated to empowerment for whole heart living after trauma. I’m a writer, trauma sensitive-informed yoga teacher, and a trauma survivor here to share my story and journey of holistically healing.

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