Is self-love a form of higher awareness?
These past 9 days I have been focusing on self-love. I have been watching my thoughts, and stopping my negative thoughts before they completely form, and changing them into positive, self-empowering thoughts. I have been choosing actions that benefit my health, and I have been listening to my body.
A big aspect of listening to my body has entailed getting more sleep, going for walks, and taking breaks from work, instead of pushing myself to exhaustion. I have been enjoying my family and friends more, and I have been reading and watching late night tv show marathons before I go to bed, sometimes. I’ve come to find a sort of balance, and I’ve slowed down, and in slowing down, I’ve found myself becoming more productive, more relaxed, and happier.
I feel this energy in my life, inside of myself. I feel myself opening up to what I have always believed in. The power of thought and the power of the individual, and I think the most powerful thoughts are that of love, particularly self-love. Self-love trumps fear, self-criticism, self-defeating thoughts that hold us back from what we want to go after in life.
It’s like this fire is lit inside of me, and instead of living the life that society deems as practical or achievable, I’m listening to what my heart wants. I don’t need to live a restricted life, where I stay in one place, and stay with one job behind a desk that gives me 2 weeks of vacation a year. This life may be the dream life for others, but it’s not mine, and I’ve come to realize that.
I just feel happy, and excited to live my life. With the power of self-love, I feel like the world is mine to explore, is mine to affect.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Gay Media Network, and is Curve’s Social Media Manager. She’s launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication, The Human Experience. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.