S E L F L O V E .
The very foundation of true happiness. We struggle with this. We strive for this. When you find it, hold onto it. Never let it go. This is everything. A heart that does not know how to love itself cannot fully love another. How can you expect to take care of others if you’re not taking care of yourself first? People say they don’t have time to put themselves first, well, then you’re not truly putting anyone first. I love the analogy of putting on your air mask first on a plane and then assisting other people after you are safe. What good are you to anyone if you pass out!?
Are you always putting other people's well-being ahead of your own? Stop this madness - now! Make happiness your main priority. Put yourself first. Be selfish. LOVE yourself! There is no joy in bending over backwards for someone else when done out of expectation, guilt or fear. When you love yourself first, caring for others will come with ease. Giving love will be the most natural thing... and the love you give will be stronger, more powerful, more real. With love, you will share without trying. Help without effort. Give without expecting anything in return. But you can’t do this without taking care of yourself first. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Fill up your own cup first so that it can overflow unto others.
Putting yourself first can mean anything. Doing more of what you love, taking time to paint your nails, go to a yoga class, take some time each morning to meditate, walk your dog, nourish yourself with clean plant based foods, go have tea with a friend, anything! Listen to your body and give yourself what you need. Practice positive self-talk and never doubt yourself. To believe in yourself is an act of love, of self-love. And few things matter more in this world than loving yourself. When we love ourselves we are able to love others. What is more important? Love yourself a little more. Just a little. Be just a little bit more kind. Listen just a little bit more closely. Be just a little bit more attentive. Give yourself what you need. Hold yourself. That is how you're meant to be loved. Like a precious gem, invaluable! Remind yourself of that. Just with little means. Let yourself know how lovely you are. The world already knows. The world is already telling you. Now find it in you to see it for yourself.
Believe in yourself so fiercely, love yourself so deeply that wherever you go, whatever you do, you always know that you are a most spectacular being of light on the journey of life into eternity. You are meant to be here. You are meant to love and be loved. Choose this love. Keep this love. It always starts with you.
AFFIRM: I love myself. Every single piece of me. Through the practice of self-love I manifest a life of abundance and health. I put myself first so that my love can overflow unto others. I empower others to love themselves first so they too can love others.