I believe we must all work on real, raw, realistic and authentic self-love.
I’m practising this in my own life so that one day I can be in a position of total & complete compassion with myself, in order to truly love others.
When we come from a place of wholeness; full of love and compassion, then we are truly honouring each other.
But how do we get to a point of total self-love?
Through my yoga practise and training, through meditation, through thinking, observing, realising, and experiencing, I have come to know that when I am fully happy in myself, when I’ve taken care of myself and let myself be me, I’ve had abundant energy.
It’s in these times I’ve been able to share this energy with others, giving to them in order to support and help them in times of need.
So, how do we practise authentic self-love and self-care? How do we create authentic self-esteem?
There are many things we can do to look after ourselves, from eating healthy foods, taking time to read, take a bath, going for a walk, or resting.
But the most beneficial ways of tapping into authentic self-love which I have found have been through yoga and mediation. Which are, for me, one and the same thing.
I started committing to a daily yoga practise over three years ago now. I had dabbled for many years, and started to gain a lot from it, but I only truly found real self awareness and was able to work through mental pain when I started practising everyday.
And sometimes it was only 10-15 minutes at a time. But a little really does go a long way.
That amount of time spent doing some simple stretches, practising breathing techniques, or even just sitting quietly with your eyes closed gently has definite and long lasting result.
There are now countless studies which have shown that the practise of meditation and yoga have monumental health benefits, both physical and mental.
The power of yoga is is not reserved for ancient yogis and their disciples. The practise is available to anyone willing to learn, and the benefits are there for everyone to enjoy if they commit.
But you have to do it regularly.
Every once in a while is not going to make a huge difference or effect.
The more you practise, the deeper you go. You start to peel back layer after layer of yourself.
Seeing past the surface layer of yourself and diving deep into what really makes you tick, is the key for self-love.
Through the nurturing process of yoga you are able to support yourself; you become your own gentle but strong guide.
And the more you practise, the more physical strength you gain, which only adds to your mental strength.
Through the practice of yoga I have been able to endure, release, and recover from several painful and distressing situations.
I honestly believe and trust in the power of yoga as a healing tool.
I think the way in which you connect your mind, body, and spirit is what creates such an intense and empowering state for the person practising.
And when you move from a place of such connection, it is no wonder that you fill yourself up with joy and love.
It is a mission of mine to help others find their way to authentic self-love, self-care, and self esteem, and to build a sustained relationship with themselves so that they are never left empty and without.
I’m able to do this, to help create waves in others, because I have first built my own store of self-love.
I am abundant in this.
And when I need more, I go to my mat & I practise.
Taking time to fill our own cups is never selfish. It is the kindest thing you can do for other people.
For when you fill your own cup, when you build a healthy and caring relationship with yourself, you are being self-less in the long run.
So, if you’ve never tried yoga before, or if you’ve been to a hundred hot yoga classes, I will say one final thing; have you found authentic self-love yet?