Love. I love love! I genuinely believe that at the core of every human being is the innate desire to be loved, to give love, and to embody the beauty of all that love is, whether we live our day to day lives that way or not. It seems like the month of February is one where love is particularly highlighted due to Valentine’s Day, and even though I’m totally not a fan of the forced consumerism associated with the holiday, I am a HUGE fan of the celebration of love. I don’t think that purchasing chocolate (or any material thing for that matter) is the best way to convey love, however, sometimes it might just do the trick 🙂
The most important and deep aspect of love, however, that I feel gets the least amount of attention and emphasis, is SELF-LOVE. There is no outward source whether we are talking about a friend, family member, spouse, pet, group, or any other source that can provide us with the love we truly need to feel validated, appreciated, worthy, and whole or complete than ourselves. Yes, that TRUE, REAL, PURE love must come from within before we can expect to genuinely feel it from any other source.
Taking the time to develop that self-love is crucial to our health and wellness. Our mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health are all greatly affected by the level of love we choose to show ourselves on a consistent basis. And just like any other habit we need to develop in our lives to thrive and flourish, self-love needs to be PRACTICED on a consistent basis.
One of the best ways we can practice honing self-love is by appreciating and CELEBRATING every little bit of effort we put forth into making any type of progress in our lives, and every accomplishment we make. There is no accomplishment or bit of effort that is too small to appreciate and celebrate. Celebrating can be as simple as turning up your favorite song and dancing around your house joyfully, looking at yourself in the mirror and saying something like “You freakin’ ROCK!” or giving yourself the gift of a relaxing yoga class or 10 minute meditation session. It doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time, but it does have to be done CONSISTENTLY.
When we appreciate ourselves and celebrate our awesomeness, our brains and bodies release feel good chemicals which help us to become addicted to the good feelings we get when we celebrate, which helps us form the habit of self-love. Now that’s a healthy addiction and one we all need to work towards forming!
What have you done for yourself lately that you didn’t take the time to appreciate and celebrate? Did you drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water any time recently? Did you complete a workout? Did you choose healthy foods over unhealthy foods when presented with the choice? Did you get a solid 7-9 hours of sleep? These are ALL good reasons to appreciate and celebrate the perfectly imperfect, loving soul that you are. Can you think of any others? Think of a few and go forth and appreciate and celebrate your amazingness…with LOVE <3