“Love is the flowing, the outpouring, the rendering from the heart and soul of emotional goodness to yourself first- and then to others in your life”
To start anywhere on this discussion of love and self-appreciation, we must first try to accurately define love itself. My favorite definition comes from Bob Hoffman which I’ve included above.
Wait a second.. is Hoffman suggesting here that we love ourselves first before loving others?
This is exactly what he’s saying, and I’ve come to believe this is the best route to living a happy and fulfilling life.
It seems like self-love, nowadays, is completely overlooked as a necessity for a healthy psychology.
If we spend our entire day neglecting the better aspects of ourselves, we’re committing a monumental disservice to our life and our futures.
Ask yourself this: If you don’t love yourself, why should anyone else love you?
While we’re off spending our day at work, focusing on other peoples’ tasks and living in the hustle and bustle, it seems like there is almost no time to give ourselves what we truly need.
I believe that Self-love, especially through the appreciation of different aspects of yourself, is the missing ingredient in today’s work-life balance.
How To Practice Self-Love
When you start loving yourself, you become your own best ally. You won’t need to get attention from the people around you, and you’ll start living the life that you really want to live.
The opinions of others, while they are still certainly useful at times, won’t stop you from doing what you know is right.
This website is about living the most authentic life possible, and in order to do that you have to be able to stay true to your self.
Self-love is a key to unlocking your freedom of expression. It comes when you’re no longer bothered by other people’s opinions.
Give yourself a gift today, and start some sort of practice of self love. The best practice is one that you can stick to consistently, even if its only a minute a day.
Build up gradually from whatever practice you start, so that each day you begin loving yourself more than the day before.
One you realize how powerful you are when you’re on your own team, then you will be ready to share that love with others.
The gift of love can only be shared if you love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, then no one is more deserving of your attention than YOU.
Books that teach the practice of Self-Love:
-Anthony from AuthenicGrowth.com