Monday, September 17, 2012
Loving Ourselves First
As I browsed through some blogs, I came across this on feelgoodeating.blogspot.com:
"A fool in love makes no sense to me. I only think you are a fool If you do not love."
What a beautiful quote!
I believe that love is one of the strongest powers in existence. I could go on to argue that love gives purpose to life.
Love is passion.
Love is relationships.
Love is respect for self and others.
Loving yourself and others and to be loved is happiness.
To love ourselves is to take care of our own well-beings.
Without that fundamental base of self-care, how can we expect to provide the best love and care for others? Far too often, there is an imbalance between the energy we spend in the outpouring of care versus the energy used to make sure we are at our well-est.
Imagine if we held on to a fraction of the energy we expend doing things for others, meeting others' deadlines, and making sure others know we love them.
To love and care for yourself is not selfish, but necessary.
Making sure we feed ourselves nutritious, yummy foods, keep our bodies strong and limber with proper stretching and exercise, maintain mental stimulation for our brains and honor our needs for rest and relaxation are all vital for us to thrive and reach our fullest potential.
To believe we do not deserve the same love we share with others is nonsense. To dishonor our bodies, minds and spirits through neglect, poor quality foods, physical and chemical abuse, and negative self-talk only broods more negativity.
We all deserve happiness; taking self-care measures to bring more light and positive energy into our lives puts us in a much better place to be able to share that same bright energy with others.
So here's to cooking a good, hearty meal, getting to the gym, allowing room for more laughter and taking long, soothing bubble baths to ease ourselves to restful sleep!