It’s Valentine’s day. A day for lovers to rush around buying up candy and flowers, and a day for singles awareness. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because I believe that every day we should be reminded to act from love. I actually think there should be Self Love time every day. And you’ll be surprised how many people start off each day thinking about their individual needs and then finish the day doing good for others. You don’t have to look externally for love; it starts within. And when you discover this internal love and goodness, you will become more whole and be a better you for others. This is what true love is about, being for others.
There is this concept of the oxygen mask that I’ve used continually over the past few years. When you are watching the safety lesson on a flight, the flight attendant says, “Put on the oxygen mask first before helping others.” Even if the person sitting next to you is your child, loved one, or family member, your help will be no good to them if you pass out immediately. So you have to take care of yourself first. This is true in life too, and when we ignore it, we begin to feel resentment and disappointment instead of joy. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself, it’s a must. The more we are present to how we treat ourselves, the more we realize our deep-seeded truths. Whether it’s a few minutes of meditation, coffee with a friend, or your yoga practice, you deserve some time to rebuild. So be whole. Then BE CONTAGIOUS!
Wake up each morning, stare into your own eyes in the mirror, and say, “I love you.”
Walk each day with gentleness and compassion for yourself.
Apply acceptance, forgiveness, and patience to what you do.
When life gets hectic, take time to be still.
When things get hard, tune in to your softer side.
When it seems like everyone wants something from you, ask yourself, “What do I need?”
Realize that no one has to love you, including yourself.
It’s a choice that you can make. And it yields infinite rewards.
Realize that self-love sparks in to a greater capacity to love others.
The more whole you are, the more you have to give of yourself.
Realize that your inner light, no matter how much it is shared, will never decrease its glow.
Light the spark and watch the flame grow.
But how is the spark created? Self love.
So love yourself.
Wake up each morning, gaze into your soul and say, “I am worthy of love and greatness.”
I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.’ ~ Jim Rohn
I hope that today, and every other day, you take some time to be still and appreciate you.