Nurture Yourself

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself"
Thich Nhat Hanh

Do you give yourself a hard time with your thoughts? Being self-critical and judgemental? 'I'm so stupid.... If only I'd said "such and such" instead.... If only I was tall... skinny... blonde... witty...' Your thoughts contain power over your mind, body and spirit and you can choose a different way.

Many of us seem to struggle with this lack of self-nurturing. Our society seems to associate self-love with selfishness or arrogance, however this is far from the truth. If you are able to love and accept yourself, you are then able to open your heart to others and see the divine essence within each one of us.

To truly give love and accept love, we need to be able to love ourselves. Loving ourselves includes accepting all aspects of ourselves, including those things we do not like. We are complex beings and there is far more to us than the acceptable face we show in public. Embrace yourself as a whole and bring each part of yourself into the fold.

It is pointless and frustrating when we need to find love from an external source, as it is always subject to change, and causes us to be dependent on someone else for our happiness. Co-dependent love can lead to dysfunctional relationships and expectations that may never be fulfilled.

There are certain aspects to the art of Self-love which include Self awareness, Self worth, Self esteem, Self confidence and Self respect. These aspects can be learned and practised as we go though life. It is about learning to love, accept and nurture ourselves.

Instead of looking outward, turn within for a moment and make a list of the things that you like about yourself. It may be something physical, something that you are good at, or even better, something from the essence of who you truly are.

Try this interesting experiment. Look in the mirror. Look yourself in the eye and say (out loud) “I love you”. Add your name as well. Eg. “(name), I really love you”. Can you do it? The first time I tried this, I couldn’t say the words, ran away from the mirror and decided it was a stupid exercise.

I like to use affirmations to access the subconscious and help to address any underlying beliefs, and each vibrational mist comes with it's individual affirmation to help strengthen this aspect of yourself.

Love vibrational mist combines aromatherapy with flower essence therapy to assist with opening the heart chakra and understanding that you are deserving of love and connection with yourself and others.

I am loved
I am loving
I am lovable
I love and accept myself
As I am

Please share and encourage this connection to your True Self.

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