Do everyone a favour… love yourself

Especially if you expect somebody else to do it for you.
A quote I came across had me thinking about this: how oblivious to true self-love can we really be?

“And if I asked you
to name all the things
that you love, how long
would it take for you
to name yourself?”
  • You don’t love yourself when you compulsively seek to please people instead of being honest and accepting the potential conflict.
  • You don’t love yourself when you have no boundaries towards others’ behaviours.
  • You don’t love yourself when you seek completion and the sense of wholeness in anything outside of yourself
  • You don’t love yourself when you depend your self-esteem on how much you achieve, how much you possess or how the others approve of you for these things.
This doesn’t mean, of course, going to the other end of the scope and love nothing but yourself. Perhaps an easy way to perceive how this balanced duality works is through the chakra approach. According to Hinduism, our inner being consists of energy wheels (chakras), which must all be balanced in order for us to be in harmony with ourselves and the world. So, the solar plexus chakra, related with a sound self-confidence system, cannot balance without the heart chakra- our open window towards the unconditional, abundant love we give to other people.
And vice versa.
The challenge is this: we cannot fulfill our purpose, as all-giving, all-loving souls towards are fellow human beings when we haven’t first attained respect and love for the child within us. One of the biggest truths is that the way we treat others indeed reflects the way we feel about ourselves.
It is a given, though, that in order for us to love ourself, we must first accept it, and in order to do that, we must prior to it all know deeply who we truly are – warts and all. We tend to look for the blame, for the fault, in things and situations outside and don’t bother even fathoming that the answers lie within all along. Self-knowledge, both of our negative and our positive sides, is the key to understanding the biggest mystery in the Universe – which is none other than our own self.
When you love yourself, not only you can never get hurt, but you cannot hurt others either.
Take care and love on,

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