Let’s talk about self-care.
I happen to be at the beach currently. On my sleepy early morning walk through the marshy thoroughfare I take to get to the sandy shoreline, only one subject came to mind: self-care is something you cultivate. It’s a subject I’ve thought on endlessly for many years. As I made my way to the ocean, letting the sparkling clear water wash over my bare feet, I thought to myself: self-love is so essential to the healing process.
For most humans, self-love is not innate. It’s something we consciously have to choose to do. And self-love is certainly not something that is particularly comfortable. Especially for women in our culture. We’re constantly told — through media and otherwise — that we must disapprove of and hate our bodies and our very Selves.
So, today, I’m challenging myself and everyone — especially women — to work on an attitude of gratitude and love for your Self. Even if you don’t feel well today. Even if you’re inner critic is telling you you’re not good enough, not worthy enough, not skinny enough to love.
Look at that inner-critic right in the face and say “I love you. I love you enough to not let you control me.” And then put your hands over your heart, close your eyes and say to yourself: “I love you. You’re good enough. You’re beautiful. You’re lovable.”
Say it over and over again. Until you feel it. That could be 10 seconds or 10 minutes. Somedays it’s easy. Other days it’s hard. But it gets easier. And after a while, that self-love starts to become innate. It’s a good daily practice even for well-balanced, confidant and heart-centric beings.
Self-care starts from a place of self-love. Without the will to love and accept yourself as you are right now, yoga / acupuncture / massage / counseling / meditation / dance… they lack an essential depth.
So give yourself the gift of looking yourself in the face, saying you’re worthy and I love you.
Now, on to a healing and nourishing wild nettles soup recipe to feed your limitless beauty!