So what does it mean to love yourself, don’t you just cringe when someone says “its different for everyone”. Well, sorry but it is – different for everyone… (I can see your face twitch!)
Certainly nurturing yourself is one way you can show yourself the love. With this in mind, a gorgeous fellow healer (Vanessa Millar – learn.grow.heal) and I decided to host an afternoon menagerie of nurturing and healing treatments for a group of Perth ladies’ bodies, minds and spirits. Certainly Vanessa’s sensational raw caramel slice was a treat for my body.
And I got a treat for my mind too, with one of the most important aspects of self love for me, being those little break throughs, those moments of epiphany when you recognise a limitation that you have expertly arranged into your life but one that actually doesn’t do you any favours and in hosting this event I had one of those epiphanies. Through working with someone whose approach was so very different to mine I saw qualities in her that I realised were missing in my life. So, while for all those who attended I hope it was a success, the day was an extra special one for me.
Nurturing yourself can be such fun, why wouldn’t you want to do it more often…
AND I also got to share my favourite poem which I leave you with now. Who would have thought that when you finally got words from Charlie Chaplin, they would be such pearls of wisdom xxx
As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!