Love Yourself first

When we think about love, we think about it in regards to others. That’s just natural and there’s nothing wrong with that. The trick is to balance that with the love you have for yourself. Essentially, take care of yourself first, before you can truly love others.

Love Yourself First!

So how do we begin to do this? It starts with knowing who we are and accepting our best and worst parts. In other words, make changes where you can but understand there are things to improve on. It’s all about growth!

We all have things in our lives that make us think we aren’t good enough. It could be something in our professional lives, our family lives, or something in between. Additionally, there are things that are just out of our control. The point is to take stock of what IS good in your life. Focusing on that, in addition to looking for other ways to grow can help you in the journey toward loving yourself more.

I think about it this way, if I wanted to show that I love people, I need to master it within myself first. That’s right, mastering yourself first is crucial. Without doing that, you cannot give to others. It’s like the old adage says, “you cannot pour from an empty cup” and it’s true!

Finding your groove when it comes to self-love is not easy. It takes a lot of practice, patience, and the ability to recognize both the good and not-so-good in yourself. Notice that I said in yourself. We don’t want to focus on others here. That’s not the point. We need to focus on who WE are and build on the good while putting our best self forward.

Here’s a great article on this very topic! It seems to focus on women, but men can benefit too!

I also wrote a piece a while back about finding your balance when you feel you’ve lost it. Check it out here. I will be back next week with a brand new piece and I hope to see you all back soon! Until then, be well and namaste!

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