Today I asked my body what she needed,
Which is a big deal
Considering my journey of
Not Really Asking That Much.
I thought she might need more water.
But as I stood in the shower
Reflecting on her stretch marks,
Her roundness where I would like flatness,
Her softness where I would like firmness,
All those conditioned wishes
That form a bundle of
She whispered very gently: “Could you just love me like this?”
~ Hollie Holden (June 2016)
Be who you are and be that perfectly well.
To live well … we are called from within … to respond to a primal yearning … that is, to love ‘oneself’ completely.
~ Judit e. Szabo
Imagine what your life would be like if you loved yourself unconditionally.
How would ‘IT’ be different?
~ Judit e. Szabo
My primary relationship is with myself—all others are mirrors of it.
As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation
that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living
my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness
to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy
with another. As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from others.
~ Shakti Gawain
(Image courtesy of Mario Covic)
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.
When we are afraid, we pull back from life.
When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.
Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
~ John Lennon