What better day than valentines to give myself a special gift – the gift of Self love.
On a day when words of love and affection are being exchanged between lovers, flowers and gifts are winging their way to various destinations and evenings out will be enjoyed in romantic settings there is an opportunity here to gift OURSELVES with words of love and appreciation – in acknowledgement for who we are.
We have heard countless times that to live a life full of joy, abundance and deep fulfilment, with an open and happy heart, we must learn first and foremost to love ourselves. This is indeed a timeless truth and of the utmost importance if we are to live fully, to embrace life with both hands and enjoy the ride. For it is only through truly loving ourselves, all parts of ourselves, even the parts we’d happily lock away and deny, that we truly become ourselves and show up fully.
Today I recognise the woman I am. I recognise that I have shown up and continued to forge my way forward even when the going got tough and tough it got! I recognise that although I do not always have the answers and the path is not always clear, I still show up – willing to do what needs to be done, ready to face the day and brave the unknown. I recognise that even though next steps are sometimes hazy and life sometimes throws a curve ball, I hold on to my vision and I do not give up. I recognise that although I do not always get it right, I do my best to learn from the experience, knowing that next time I’ll do it ‘better’, with greater consciousness and I recognise that all the while – through the ups and downs, through the joys and sorrows, through the clarity and the haze, I am imperfectly perfect and exactly who I am is more than enough.
There is no one to compare myself to – no one else I need to be, nothing I need do differently… for simply who I am and where I am is exactly perfect and within this knowledge there is no judgement, no harsh words of self punishment, no frustration that I ‘should be here or there’, but simply recognition and acceptance that I am doing my best with the tools I have and this is absolutely enough.
So today let’s practice the art of Self love. Use today as an opportunity for reflection and acknowledgement for where you’ve been and where you are today. What do you recognise about yourself? Can you show yourself compassion? Can you get out of your own way and give yourself a break? Look in the mirror and really SEE the person staring back at you – appreciate yourself and see how very far you have come – because you have; You have ridden the waves, navigated unchartered territory and still, you are here. You are still standing, showing up and still very much on the journey. And in recognition of the path you have already walked, see yourself as the strong and powerful force that you are and for every part of you that makes you, you. Say thank you. You are a miracle and anything you desire to have or create is open to you as you come to fully accept and love yourself… just the way you are.
There is no one in this universe more deserving of your love, than you.
Happy valentine’s day and much love from my heart to yours.