Self-love seems to be one of those trendy words. You’ve probably heard things like, “Love yourself and you will be successful”.” Love yourself and you will find love”. “Loving yourself is the key to happiness”. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve said some of those things myself.
Now, of course, I believe in the power of self-love, but I didn’t always.
Whenever I heard the word self-love being used, I typically rolled my eyes very heavily. What the hell was self-love anyway?
It sounded like some sort of cult practice or something your weird hippy aunt who read a lot of self-help books and lived with a lot of cats was into.
No way. Not for me.
But once I figured out what self-love was and why it was so important that hippy aunt with a lot of cats suddenly didn’t seem so crazy to me.
So what exactly is self-love and why is it important?
Self-love is simply about owning our own power and acting from a place of kindness toward ourselves. It’s about making ourselves a priority by making time to do the things we love. It’s about the ability to deeply connect and trust our intuition.
And why is this important?
Because we learn to let go of anger, shame, guilt and other yucky feelings. We take responsibility for our actions and stop blaming others for our unhappiness. We know that we have the power to feel any way we want to feel at any time. We learn to accept ourselves for who we are; strengths and weaknesses. We stop having to prove ourselves because we know we are enough. We attract loving, healthy, fulfilling relationships into our lives because we feel the same way about ourselves.
Self-love is actually pretty great, isn’t it?