It's what we all want, seek and strive for in our lives. Some of us are on a perpetual quest to receive love from around any corner we can. It can put us on a desperate, heart-wrenching path that ends up leaving us feeling more torn apart than we previously felt. There are some who get up and try again relentlessly, and others who abandon the path, close up shop, and build a wall behind which to hide and feel safe.
We look for love in any way we can get it - from friends, family, co-workers, even strangers. Something to make us feel important, needed, happy - loved.
The one place we forget to look is within. The key to finding love is realizing that it's something that we've been carrying with us all along. It has always been within. It's that long journey that we've been on that leads us right back to ourselves. It's Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Loving ourselves isn't an easy task. Remembering our true nature and embracing our purest form can be a challenge, but it might be the most important challenge in our lives.
We must learn to embrace ourselves as we are - the beauty and the flaws, the darkness and the light. It is lovely to have someone to love us despite our blemishes, but until we can do that on our own, we will always carry self doubts about how others see us. It's in accepting ourselves fully (as we are) that frees us from the judgment of others, but first we must free ourselves from our own judgment.
Once we find the compassion, patience, and pureness for ourselves, our lives will never be the same. Everything shifts. You gain the ability to fully love another - unconditionally. Your heart opens to the magnificent grace that you carry in your soul. You let out your heart's desire and nothing holds you back from living to your fullest potential.
The power of self love is tremendously expansive and luminous. Just one glimpse can change your life.
Jenn White, Yoga Educator, Meditation Teacher, and Owner of Embodied Bliss, began her journey of yoga and meditation in 2004 while recovering from a back injury. Feeling lost, restless and seeking something more from life, she found her path through meditation.
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