Hi all, MoMa here! Found this awesome article on Practicing Self Love. Enjoy!
1. Use a Mantra to Stay Positive
Train your mind to stop fearful and negative thoughts by using a personal mantra such as "I am the prize". Choose a mantra that is meaningful to you. It is akin to going to the gym for your mind. Create the habit of healthy and positive thinking. When you feel self-negating thoughts entering your mind, repeat the mantra. Say it fifteen times a day aloud everyday. Distract your mind as well through physical action. Run. Dance. Sing.
2. Start Journaling
Journal daily to let go of insecurities and perceived imperfections. Praise yourself for accomplishments, both Earthly and spiritual. List three different things you love about yourself and your actions everyday!
3. Accept Your Flaws, Release Insecurity
Remind yourself you are human and have failings. Forgive and accept yourself through meditation and expression of feelings, breaking down barriers created over time. Creativity, art and motion help to release guilt and transform feelings into physical energy that can then be returned to the universe. This creates space for self-love to grow and can be especially helpful for those insecurities that are deep and hard to reach.
4. Take Good Care of Yourself
Get needed sleep, exercise, eat well and interact positively with others. You have only one body, one house for your soul, one YOU! You are irreplaceable. Take simple steps every day to maintain your health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. These basic actions are reflections of self-love and strengthen it with each step.
5. Be Mindful
Make an effort to ensure that your actions reflect who you are deep down. Develop goals and dreams and commit to them. When a person or an action feels out of sync with who you are and what you want, be true to yourself and step away.
Sometimes, out of a desire to be loved, we stay in situations that are draining to our inner being or to who we are. Avoid this very human tendency. Instead choose wisely and telegraph your special intentions and hopes to the universe. This, in turn, will alter future opportunities and the people you attract. These changes can be the catalyst to significant new beginnings in life and love. Self-love attracts true love. Without it, relationships often lose balance and struggle. With the power of self-love, life goals also rise above the distractions of daily life and keep dreams front and center.
Truly, all love is about self-love. All relationships, whether romantic, family, or friendship-based, are mirrors that offer important and often hidden clues. Actions and attitudes you seek to change in another person's behavior are those which your soul most wants you to develop and change in this life. Heed these messages from Spirit. Doing so will lead to greater self-awareness, an important component of self-love.
Remember, your special light comes from within, and while at times feels hidden, it is ever present. Only you can make it shine for all to see. It takes courage to love yourself and expose your true self, imperfections included. Ego differs from self-love, in that ego seeks a feeling of superiority and self-love seeks empowerment. Find the power of self-love by trying these simple steps. You will be amazed at the results!