The idea of self love has been on my mind a lot lately, about what it means to love all of you. Some of the ideals are easy to accept- eat better, think positive, etc. I’m going to talk about a more abstract concept today of loving your soul. In a lot of ways, this blog will deal with accepting yourself as you are, but it will also talk about things you can do to make your soul shine brighter.
I’m going to start by asking you a not so simple question.
Do you love who you are?
Think about that for a few minutes if you need to, but I’m guessing a lot of you had an automatic answer. Some of you, hopefully, heard a resounding yes in your mind. If you did- WOOHOO!
If you didn’t, and you had to think, or thought no, the following advice is for you. But first, a few more questions.
- Are you happy?
- Is your job something that feels right to you, even if it sometimes stresses you out?
- Are the major relationships in your life serving you, or hurting you? Are the people that love you, that you love back, challenging you in a good way, or in a bad way?
- Do have hobbies you love?
- Can you name three things you love about yourself- things that aren’t about your physical body, but about who you truly are as a person. Do you love that you’re kind, or persistent, or creative? Do you love that you’re bold? Observant? Adventurous?
- What is it about you, the real you, that you’re proud of?
Take some time to really think about these questions, in fact, write down answers to them in a place you see frequently- notes on your mirror, near your computer, or on your fridge. Too often, we focus on what we don’t like about ourselves- so it’s critical to change that energy into something positive. It’s imperative that you remember what is beautiful about your energy, and your soul.
No one should hate themselves, or spend more energy wishing they were different to make other people happy.
Letting your soul shine and loving your true self means saying to hell with the opinions of others. Do things because you love them, and they make you happy. Life is too precious to waste thinking negative things about yourself.
Loving your soul means adding or discovering things that give you that warm glow inside. Is it creative? Do you love to sing, paint, write? Commit to doing those things. It’s that simple. Don’t worry about it needing to be good, or something other people will praise. Do it because you love to do it, or because you want to try it. We’re not meant to be the same exact person from birth to death. The only way you ever truly fail in life is by not trying at all.
Do you love to discover new cultures, new foods, new languages? Find any way you can to add those into your life. So many of us feel that to do something properly, we need to go big, or what’s the point? We think if we say we want to do something- like learn a new language- that everyone around us that knows this new goal will expect you to be fluent in six months. If you’re serious about something- you do it all the time, right?
Yes and no. When you find something that makes you happy, when you decide to commit to letting your soul shine brighter because you’re committing to living a more authentic life- you do what you can, when you can, and build. Life isn’t climbing a mountain in a straight, gentle, uphill path. You’ll never grow and shine if you don’t push and challenge yourself, but if you only ever push yourself and never allow yourself a break- you end up crashing and not moving at all, not really.
When you stumble on committing to renewing that hobby, or that new thing you want to add to your life- be gentle with yourself.
Whatever way you can end 2021 loving your mind, body, and soul- commit to doing that. Don’t let anything or anyone get in your way, including yourself. Whether it’s baby steps, or giant leaps, you owe it to your beautiful mind, body, and soul to be your best self.
Robin Lee is a medical intuitive, author, mentor, gratitude advocate, and speaker who has helped thousands of people around the world understand the language of their bodies. Robin believes that our bodies innately know how to balance and heal themselves if given proper care and support. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter, where she shares tips, tools, and techniques to honor our bodies and heal our lives!
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