There’s a lot of buzz around the concept of self-love and self-care bouncing around online these days. It’s no surprise really when you look at how fast-paced and violent the world seems to have become these days. People really just want some way to feel good about themselves again.
The latest studies show that the attention span for a person has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds, which is shorter than a goldfish. The upside of this is that people are now better at multi-tasking while staying focused and paying attention has weakened.
While some people may think that they are getting happiness and fulfillment by being distracted most of the time that is far from the truth. What it really says is that we are rapidly becoming more disconnected from what matters most which is simply being happy with who you are.
So what is self-love? I’ve learned that self-love is where you have a relationship with your mind, body, and spirit, that is based on acceptance and awareness. The journey to acceptance is not an easy one because it involves looking at yourself through a microscope and being okay at what you discover.
That’s why it seems easier for some to keep distracting themselves from what they really think and feel. It’s because they are afraid of what they might find. Self-love means being non-judgmental towards your thoughts, feelings, desires, and anything at all that may arise in your field of awareness.
It’s about being kind to yourself, especially when you make mistakes. It’s also about looking in the mirror and loving yourself for exactly the way you are good bits, bad bits, or the lumpy bits. That doesn’t mean that you can’t change things about yourself. It means you get to make changes from a place of your okay, rather than not okay.
One of the fastest paths to learning to love yourself unconditionally is meditation. The reason why meditation is such a powerful tool for love is that it helps you to become more aware of the relationship you have with your mind and body.
7 Tips For Increased Self-Love Through Meditation
Through meditation, you can easily improve the level of compassion and kindness you have towards yourself. Here are 7 simple ways to help make that happen.
1. Meditate Daily
Just by making an agreement with yourself to show up every day to meditate, even if it’s just for a few minutes, you are honoring your inner being. This alone is a demonstration of self-love.
2. Slow Down
When you meditate you are taking the time-out from your busy schedule to chill for awhile. The action of stopping all activity and just being present with yourself is not only good for your health but it’s also good for your heart.
3. Inner Smile
You may not feel like you’ve got a lot to smile about someday’s but if you remember to smile on the inside while you are meditating, then you will be lighting your life up from the inside-out. Just imagine that you have a big smile spreading across your heart and see if you can feel it as well.
Another powerful tool for enhanced self-love is learning to observe your thoughts without judgment. This requires nothing more than watching your thoughts come and go just like you would watch clouds drift across the sky. The better you get at this, the less stress and anxiety you will experience.
5. Emotional Awareness
One of the things we’re not taught at school is that it’s okay to be emotional. Our natural emotions such as anger, sadness, and happiness, all have a place in our lives. The path to self-love through emotions is to stop judging them and accept that it’s okay to feel.
6. Drop Storytime
One of the things that can prevent you from being kind to yourself is when you get caught up in stories from the past. Especially those stories that are associated with pain. Meditation helps you to notice the stories and then bring your attention to the present moment where you are safe and at peace.
7. Mindful Eating
When you take the time to really enjoy the food you eat and drink in a meditative way then you are honoring your body. The most important part of you that needs to be loved is your body. A happy body, is a happy mind, is a happy life. When you feel good in your body it’s so much easier to love yourself.
Self-love is a way of life. It’s taking the time to put yourself first and others second. Just by setting up some simple daily rituals that honor your mind, body and spirit will go a long way to bring you a happier, healthier and more loving life.
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