Let's break open the myth that self love is a selfish act. The first step is to recognize the difference between self love and self indulgence. Sometimes we indulge the stories that keep us small and suffering. That's not self love. Self love is compassionately seeking the truth in our lives, treating our body, mind and spirit with respect and staying open to new possibilities. Self indulgence is a way to stay with what's comfortable but self love is a way to become free.
Self indulgence is to treat yourself to avoid or suppress real feelings. Self love is to treat yourself for the sheer joy of receiving.
Self indulgence is internal inquiry with judgement and criticism. Self love is internal inquiry with compassion.
Self indulgence is to pray for what you want. Self love is to pray for what you need.
Self indulgence is to eat, drink, watch or worry until you fall asleep. Self love is to sing, stretch, breathe or cuddle yourself to sleep.
Self indulgence is to judge other's differences. Self love is to enjoy other's differences.
Self indulgence is to blame others for your suffering or lack of success. Self love is to recognize that you hold the keys to your emotional state and the power to change your circumstances.
Self indulgence is to speak and act to please others. Self love is to speak and act from your integrity.
Self indulgence is the idea that your story is true and fixed. Self love is the idea that your story is fluid and can change.
Self indulgence is the receive with guilt. Self love is to receive with gratitude.
What does self love mean to you?