Please enjoy a ~3 minute read of my musings on cultivating the essence of self-love, and finding ways to care for yourself, your community and our planet. I've included a bunch of references throughout, featuring tips, tricks and links to some amazing humans and businesses. As our ability to form in-person connections is restricted, self-love feels particularly relevant and I hope you take something away from this.
Cultivating Self-Love - Techniques to care for yourself, your community and our planet
To me, self-love is self-care. Fill your mind with inspiration, your body with nutrition, your life with meaning. Have compassion for others, support your community, be kind to the planet.
Self-love is finding stillness of the mind, body and soul. Meditating, breathing deeply, slowing down, practicing gratitude, detaching from outcomes, emptying the mind.
Self-love is self-worth. You are loved and you are enough as you are. Your imperfections are your personal perfections.
Self-love is setting healthy boundaries. Being in alignment with yourself and others. Knowing when to say yes and when to say no.
Self-love is accepting it’s okay to not be okay when you feel demotivated, unfulfilled or purposeless. You are allowed to feel this way and you are not alone.
Self-love is being in flow, however that looks for you. Reading, writing and drawing, gardening, cooking and eating, listening to and playing music, movement, sport and exercise, spending time in nature.
Self-love is co-creating community, building connection with others and finding something greater than yourself.
Self-love is having sacred practices, like a regular morning routine. Self-love is having carefree practices and keeping things fun, simple and playful.
Self-love is allowing others to love you through heartfelt sincerity, openness, expression, transparency and vulnerability.
Self-love is exploration. Take risks, test boundaries, get comfortable with the uncomfortable, go to the edges of your comfort zone.
Self-love is going a bit easier on yourself. We all make mistakes and we are all wrong, all of the time. It’s okay.
Self-love is a boomerang. If you don’t serve yourself, you can’t sustainably support others. As you serve others, your cup will fill up.
Self-love is a mirror. Hold it up and see yourself for all that you are. Embrace your uniqueness.
Self-love is a friend. Love all that you are being and becoming.