“Now is the time to completely love and accept yourself. Haven’t you been judging, comparing and beating yourself up for long enough?”
~Diane Faist, Dianergy
Love is a word that is thrown around very easily. It can be heard in conversations like: “I love chocolate” or “I love a sports team.” While there may be some element of truth to those words representing your affection for an object — the real essence of love goes much deeper.My feelings of love are profound and tender while loyal with a sense of deep warmth and personal affection. Truly it is beyond words. This is an immense feeling that comes from the heart and not the head.
The concept of Self-Love goes to a more primal level. When I was growing up, all I heard about was take care of everybody else first. It could be your family, your neighbors or someone in distress. And yes, that is always a good part of living a successful life in caring for and helping others. However, I have learned that our very first responsibility is to take care of ourselves — mind, body and soul. I am a huge proponent of self-care. Not only do I take care of typical human tasks: wash my face, take a shower, brush my teeth and so on, I also care for myself energetically. This is essential. Think of driving a car from one end of the country to the other. Don’t you need to keep filling up with gas and cleaning your windshield? Are you following a map or GPS for directions? Yes, you do. Another good example, if you are flying on an airplane and the oxygen mask drops in front of you, the rule is to put on your mask first and then help a child or a person in need. The is the same message I am living for everyday life.
You matter. Yes, you do. More than you will ever realize. And, you impact a lot of people in your life. So make time in your busy life to schedule down time for YOU. And do this consistently. The things that really resonate with me are quiet time alone, meditation, time with nature and animals, feeding my body with healthy choices, quality time with family and good friends, exercising, being creative and expanding my horizons. One day it may be a huge step, other days it is barely baby steps. But either way, it is ok. I am moving forward and having a lot of fun. And yes, sometimes, we just need time off — A vacation or an escape. Listen to what your ‘inner voice’ or “gut feeling/intuition”is telling you, you will never regret it — and you will learn a lot.
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This article is one from my weekly Illuminated Insights column on the Reiki Awakening Academy web site.