I want to discuss and interesting concept today called Self-love. What is self-love? Some call it being selfish or maybe self-obsessed. Often times people look down upon the idea of self-love, labeling it a moral flaw. But, I believe if there’s any love that’s true and pure it is love for self.
Imagine being in love. Oh, the thrill of that love! You want and need to be with this person. See only good in him or her, accept them with all their flaws. You want to be surrounded with this joy and hope and deep intensity of love. You always have that silly grin on your face and the world seems like a beautiful place to be in. This all-encompassing love is what you want, and will make every effort to treasure forever.
Now imagine that love of your life is You. Can you love yourself with the same intensity? Promise to honour this love and keep it in your beautiful place forever. Accept your failings and work on them.
To quote the Buddha ‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection’.
Self-love is not arrogance, it’s not an obsession with self, nor vanity. It’s acceptance of who we are and taking responsibility for one’s self. Look within and see the person we should love the most. Our relationships are mirrors of our inner self. A dispirited person will not have gratifying relationships. Nobody can make us happy until we are happy with ourself first, and no one has the power to make us unhappy if we have this abundant love of self within.
Today look in the mirror and smile at your best friend. Trust the person staring back at you. There’s nothing more dangerous than a lack of self-love. So, put your hand on your heart and feel the love.
If we, learn to forgive ourselves we’ll see no sinners. Laugh at ourselves, we’ll notice happy people. Accept our imperfections and work on them, then we’ll watch people strive to better themselves. Be happy and build a joyful world. It all starts with a little self-love. It’s not easy, but it’s worth holding on to this most meaning relationship of our lives.