Want More Self-Love?

Meditation As A Path Of Self-Love!

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept  yourself”. ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

Be yourself and be beautiful. Love and accept yourself. You are enough! 

Learning to love yourself is one of the most powerful and important things you can do in life. Feeling  worthy requires you to see yourself with fresh eyes of self-awareness and love. There are many ways  that you can take care of yourselves and express self-love. Nourishing your body is the most basic form of loving yourself. Nourish yourself daily with healthy activities like: reading a book, exercising, pampering  yourselves with a massage, taking long walks in nature, healthy social interactions, and as yogis you can also turn into your practice.  

Loving yourselves isn’t a one time event. It’s an endless, ongoing event. Self-love is a tool that can help  you change your mindset regardless of what’s happening around you. 

Love your imperfectly perfect self. 

But self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological , and spiritual growth. Meditation can cover all these.

Meditation is awareness. Instead of always focusing on the external world like many of us usually do, you’re training your mind to be aware of and relaxed in the present moment. When you meditate, you are simply dedicating a certain amount of time and effort to being as mindful as you can.

Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or hard to do. And you don’t need to look or do meditation “perfectly”. Remember you are a human being. Just as you give compassion to others, you can give compassion to yourself–as you are and wherever you are–and as you gently turn your attention inward. This is how you can grow your self-love, little by little. Little plus often, equals a lot.

When you have more self-love, you will be more mindful about what you think, feel, or want. You will act on what you need rather than what you want.  Making a practice of loving yourself a little bit more… that’s meditation.

Here is an idea of a daily routine when you wake up: But, first of all…  write an acknowledgement to yourself and your ancestors, and read it daily. Thank your higher source, thank your ancestors for their  efforts, thank your angels for their support. But the most  important thanks goes to you; thank yourself for being exactly where you are, for every experience that brought you here to this present moment, for all your efforts and mistakes; and read it daily to yourself. 

Daily Meditation:

Take a few deep, conscious breaths. Breathe in love, breathe out love. Connect with your  breath.  

Pause and ask yourself: “What do I need to know right now?” Listen to your inner self. 

 Journal about anything, whatever you feel or think; either good or bad, cold or hot, happy or sad, anything, just write it out.  

Choose 3 positive affirmations for the day. 

Read the acknowledgment to yourself. 

When you are done, and ready to keep going with the rest of your day, thank yourself for sharing  this time with yourself and deepening your relationship with yourself.  

All these are ways to meditate. Meditating on self-love allows you to reconnect with your heart.  Meditating on self-love gives yourself permission to get real and be vulnerable with yourself. Sitting with  your thoughts and feelings, feeling any feeling that may arise, is itself an act of love. It is ok to feel sad,  mad or frustrated. You simply allow yourself to be human. When you focus on your inner self, you are  able to create a compassionate space for which you can feel, without judgement, whatever it is you  need to feel. 

While you are meditating… listen to your inner self. All answers come from within. Look for signs and pay attention to your gut feelings, to your inner self. You’ll hear two inner voices when you need to make a decision. The quiet voice is your higher self; the loud voice is your ego. Always go with the quiet voice, your inner self, your higher self.  

The most important  decision of your life, the one that will affect every other decision you make, is the commitment to love  and accept yourself. It directly affects the quality of your future. 

You are bigger than you think! You are more than enough!

Jimena Tobon