When I was a little girl, around three or four years old, I asked my mother if she loved me. My mother found it so funny that sometimes she even waited to answer. If she didn't answer right away, I would say, "Mom, if you don't love me, then I love myself." And I would hug myself tight and exclaim, "I love myself!"
That tickled my mother. From that point on, she said she knew I would always be fine.
This expression of self-love has been a personal journey for me and has enabled me to be deeply connected to my spiritual practice. One of the things that I encourage you to focus on in your meditation practice is the practice of self-love, because without it you cannot really thrive.
Sometimes we are our worst enemy. We berate ourselves for not being good enough or for not meditating long enough. We get angry when we sit down to meditate and we cannot slow our minds down.
As a result, we sometimes see mediation as a challenging practice that doesn't allow us to bloom and bloom. The key to your meditation practice and the key to life, in my opinion, is developing this sense of self-love. This can even be a lifetime journey for some. Taking time to care for yourself is one of the most important things you can do to love yourself today, whether you are getting a massage or taking a yoga class.
If you want to receive love, you must first love yourself unconditionally and completely. No one can give you love if you don't feel it inside you. This is what meditation practice helps us understand.
Become aware of your self-talk
How do you talk to yourself Are you mean or open and kind? Do you feel kind and generous, or angry and hateful? In the end, it matters. You are important and how you talk to yourself is important.
Becoming aware of your self-talk is the first step in developing self-love. When you really love yourself, you get to know yourself on a deeper level. You speak kindly to yourself. You also become much more aware of your real needs and desires.
We all need to be seen and loved. We want people to acknowledge us and acknowledge our gifts, but we must acknowledge and acknowledge ourselves first.
By cherishing and recognizing our own beautiful energies, we become a greater channel for love and attention towards others. Meditation practice helps us appreciate who we really are.
When we take the time to trust and affirm our own self-worth, we develop this deep sense of inner trust and knowledge. We therefore appreciate each other more.
What does it mean to really love yourself?
What does it mean to really love yourself? It's a simple but challenging question. In my opinion, it means being ready to be honest with yourself and what you have to offer the world.
It also means becoming aware of the energy you are giving off and the energy you are receiving. This can mean setting limits or taking back some of your energy. It is not selfish to set boundaries and love yourself.
Imagine what you could do in life if you loved each other every moment? So many things we do in life revolve around the idea of an unconscious need for approval and love. The good thing about self-love is the fact that it is already within you and just needs to be nurtured and cultivated.
What is the meditation practice of kindness?
There is a meditation practice called metta that focuses on loving-kindness. It helps you connect with others in a beautiful way. The practice of kindness is an active practice of compassion for yourself and for others.
This can mean sending love and compassion to someone you love, someone who challenges you, someone you don't know well, or even someone you don't particularly like. It can be challenging but also transformative to send loving kindness to someone who is generating a lot of negative energy for you.
The idea behind the practice of metta is the idea that each of us is connected to one another in some way, shape or form. If someone you know is challenging you or seems negative, then maybe they are just bringing up that quality in you. Everyone is our mirror and it all starts with you.
You can only give to others what you can really give to yourself. Some of us have learned from a young age to give to others and to take care of everyone else's needs first. We learn to please others before we focus on ourselves. We believe it is selfish to take care of your own needs first.
Nothing is further from the truth. If we don't accept each other and love each other first, we have nothing to give to others. It's so important to look in the mirror and love yourself and accept yourself. In doing this, you recognize your own self-worth and self-love. Everything starts with you.
Loving-kindness practice is really about acceptance and unconditional love for ourselves. It is about feeling generous and abundant. When you practice self-love, you live life in a flow that is not only transformative but also liberating.
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The love-kindness meditation
Metta meditation is actually very simple. It starts by repeating short sentences like:
- May all beings be safe.
- May all beings be peaceful.
- May all beings be free.
- May all living beings be happy.
- May all beings be loved.
These words work like a kind of prayer that really starts with self-love. If we can't really experience these things for ourselves, we can't really offer them to others.
Metta meditation helps us to recognize the interconnectedness of all life. This also comes back to self-love. If we cannot honor and adore and love each other, we cannot give that to others.
Self-love is a vibration, it is an energy. It enables you to sit in a sanctuary of peace and quiet when you sit down to meditate and reflect.
Meditation is a wonderful place – it is one of the most powerful acts of self-love you can do. It's about moving your attention from outward to inward.
The best gift you can give yourself is to boost your own self-esteem and create this sacred space for yourself. When you sit down to meditate and fall into your body and into your own self-awareness, you are not just connecting with yourself, but creating a space to connect deeply with others.
In the end, the act of meditation will help you become the most real and authentic version of yourself that you can possibly be. Meditation practice is about being your true self. Everything starts with true self-love.