Today I was planning to write about self love. I really have come a long way in this area of my life, but earlier on, while I was nursing my little one, I got to thinking about why on earth I even write this blog? Well, mainly I write because I need to learn something, and my yearning to write about self love must mean I need a little nudge in this direction.
Self love is something that can be a bit misunderstood. So let me be clear - when I talk about self love, I'm not talking about the kind of - egotistical, I'm better than everyone else - way of thinking,I actually don't think that's particularly loving at all.
What I'm talking about is the kind of love that babies have for themselves, babies are pure love, they experience pure love, and they love themselves because it's the most natural thing to do. This is how we all start out, knowing our own amazingness and perfection, and then we learn how to judge and berate ourselves.
Well anyway, if you'd asked me a few years ago if I loved myself, I would have said yes, I used to think I had a healthy love and respect for myself - but when I became a coach I was forced to take a closer look at everything - and I realised that self love was not something I was very good at, and this lack of self love was having an effect on every aspect of my life, in big ways and small.
Self love is HUGE. I think It's basically the key to everything, because everything starts with you. How you feel about yourself is the seed, and everything you touch grows from that, what kind of parent you are, what kind of relationships you have, how your body feels, how your pregnancy and birth go, how your career progresses, how much money you have, what type of holidays you experience, how others treat you........what your life looks like really stems from you, and the more you love yourself, the better life gets. I know this, because I've done a fair amount of work on loving myself. But there is ALWAYS room for improvement.
And so this month, after watching Dr. Christiane Northrup on Oprah a couple of weeks ago, I decided to practice something I've been resisting for years - the classic Louise Hay mirror work. I've never really wanted to do it before because it seems so cliche, but I've been experimenting a little, and things have shifted, plus, I'm ready for change.
How to do it
Stand in front of the mirror, and say "I love you, I really, really love you"
Speak as if you are speaking to an old friend, look into your eyes and talk with yourself, saying these words.
Dr. Northrup Shared that if you do this for 30 days you can expect major results. Perfect.
So here goes, May 19th - June 16th is my month of self love. A new moon, a new me. (I should have been a bit more timely and started on a monday with the new moon, but one day late will be ok I think.)
Over to you.........
Want to join me on my self love mission month? All you need to do is grab a mirror, make a date with yourself and go for it. I'd love to hear how it goes for you! As usual get in touch any way you want to - comments, Face Book, Instagram, email - it all works.
Lots and lots of love