I am a passionate advocate for self-love as the solution to pretty much every problem. Whatever it is you’re dealing with—stress, relationship issues, money troubles, health problems—taking a stance of self-love will lead you to a bright solution and an exciting path of healing. If you don’t believe me then perhaps you’ll believe His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On Tuesday, February 25 I was blessed with an invitation to join one of my clients at The Forum in Inglewood, CA to see the Dalai Lama in person! Being in the presence of a conscious world leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner that strongly advocates compassion as a necessity for global change was an opportunity I could not pass up. I woke up that day like a kid on Christmas morning, bursting with excitement and anticipation. Armed with my green smoothie, I hopped on the bus and headed down.
His Holiness did not disappoint. He walked on stage smiling and laughing, filling the entire venue with joy. To my surprise, the focus of his talk was on economics and the dramatic gap between rich and poor which is growing nationally and globally. He spoke of the need to instill in the minds of the poor that they are not inferior simply due to their economic stance in the world. Self-confidence is key in order to empower people to know that they have equal rights to happiness and prosperity because they are human. If you can help someone feel confident and empowered, then you can help them rise above their circumstances.
The Dalai Lama spoke of our wonderfully complex human brain, and that unfortunately too often we put that power and complexity to use toward violence, cheating, bullying and destruction. However, if we fill ourselves with a genuine concern for the wellbeing of others, then there is no room for such destructive thoughts. As social animals, transparency and trust are pivotal to our survival and to creating happy and healthy communities. And that begins with education that is centered on mental training, happiness, love and compassion. If we want to be able to help each other, and help the world be a better place, it starts with loving and nurturing the self. With that, your capacity for generosity and creativity become limitless.
This is not a radical idea! It’s just that we believe more in fear than we do in love. We believe more in the number of likes we get on Facebook than on our own self-approval. We constantly seek affirmation from external sources, always wanting and grasping, rather than filling our own vessel so we can be generous in turn. That’s what it’s all about people! Love yourself with the utmost joy and pleasure. See yourself for the divine, beautiful spirit that you are, nurture your inner Goddess or God, and you will have nothing but a sincere desire to spread that joy and abundance to those around you.
“But how do I get there?” You might ask. There are many paths to self-love, but like with any form of fitness and wellness, it takes practice and daily attention. You cannot have a fit body without healthy food and consistent exercise. In the same token, you cannot have a sparkly spirit without nourishment and consistent attention. If you want to lead a happy life and have an impact on the world, it absolutely must start with you. How you treat yourself is a reflection of how you treat others. Take good care of yourself and see how your capacity to care for and nurture others expands. See your creativity take flight! If your tank is full, you will naturally want to share that love and energy with the world around you.
The best part is, self-love is accessible to everyone, and I am here the help guide you in some simple practices that can have a huge impact on your outlook and approach to life. Join me for soul-care sessions and experience the expansive transformation that loving yourself more fully and completely can bring to your life. Click HERE to begin your journey.
In the comments below, share one self-care practice you weave into your life that makes you feel loved, nurtured, and joyful. How does it help you show-up for life and be fully present for those around you?
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