Personal Growth and Development

Add a Little Self-Love

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Yes, today is the day of love! Time to stock up on chocolates, flowers and cheesy Hallmark cards….

I choose to take this day to foster a little self-love. I am a big fan of the lovely Louise Hay. She certainly presents a powerful message to start with loving ourselves before we can truly and wholeheartedly love anyone else. Louise is famous for her exercise of getting people to look into the mirror and tell themselves that they love them. For example, “Lise, I love you, I really really love you.” It sounds silly and ridiculous….but I dare you to try it. The first time I did, I nearly couldn’t cough up the words. It felt awkward and I felt like I was coming up to some sort of resistance.

Many people think it is egotistical or arrogant to love ourselves. I think it is the exact opposite. I believe we become better to others once we have truly cultivated an element of self-love within ourselves. I challenge you today to try this exercise on for size. If the “I love you” statement doesn’t jive with you then pick something else that you are working with, for example. “You are beautiful just the way you are” or “I accept you just the way you are.”

Valentine’s Day is the day of love, but I think we often forget to turn that love inwards sometimes. I hope you all begin to treat yourselves as wonderfully as you treat the loved ones in your life. You are worth it, and you are loved 🙂

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