Here’s an important one:
Do you? Do you know how to?
I do. Today I do love myself. And I have for the past couple of years. But I am still experimenting with how to do love for me. What does that entail, really? what does it mean? What is it that I do, or avoid doing, because I come from a place of self-love? That’s something I am uncovering, step by step, moment by moment. A joyful yet somewhat awkward journey at times.
Now. If you don’t love yourself, I’m gonna suggest you fake it.
If you think it’s hard to love yourself, fake it.
If you don’t think you deserve it, fake it.
I did just that. I faked it for a long time, until finally, I saw I really did. And when I became aware that I truly love myself, that there’s no fixing necessary, I am loved, I am love, and I am worthy of it, the world exploded in a love bubble!
And as the realization sank in, I understood that my faking it was a help along the way. It prepared the ground, made me ready for the real deal. I had been talking for years on end about the importance of love. How love is the answer. That love is all there is, and that coming from a place of love makes such a difference to how I experience love. And then I got it. Really. Fully. One hundred percent. G o t i t!
And then I could sort of keep on doing and saying the things I’d already practiced for so long, but now being totally genuine in it. Talking about the importance of coming from a place of love, and coming from a place of love, makes a difference. For me. And for those I interact with. And I know we all have the innate capability to come from a place of love. That’s there from the moment we first draw breath.
So love yourself. You are worthy of nothing less than that!
First published on my blog on September 4th, 2016: https://helenaroth.com/doing-gentle-34-love-yourself/
Audio production: Caspian Almerud
Photography: Anders Roos http://www.andersroos.nu/
Soundtrack: Olof Jennfors Ljudtjänst http://jennforsljud.se/