Friday, July 11, 2014

Accepting Ourselves Deeply

Here's a really great piece on self love p on the Psychology Today blog.

She offers 50 best quotes on self-love but also expresses how we as a society have evolved emotionally and speaks to the challenges we have faced since the early 1900's.  The quotes have heart and meaning regarding the all important goal of self-love.  All the links still work and are also very interesting.

The 50 quotes include topics such as, Know Thyself, Be True to Yourself, Respect Yourself and Value Yourself just to mention a few. There is also a deeply persuasive exercise to help you develop self-acceptance.

Here's the beginning of Melanie's powerful article just to get you started:

The biggest struggle in life is the struggle to know, embrace, and accept ourselves, with all of our faults and imperfections. Many of us were raised  by parents who were themselves victims - who were not taught to see their own worth, or who were not really seen by their own parents. Our grandparents generation faced massive trauma and upheaval due to the Second World War and the Great Depression. The focus was on survival and minimizing the damage, rather than on love, appreciation and intimacy. Individuals and families today face the challenges of long commutes, longer working hours, and global economic uncertainty. These stresses can beat us down, or make us build walls around ourselves that are so dense that even our dearest friends, partners, spouses and children can't get in. Yet, there is another way.

When we have the courage to let the walls down - to know and embrace ourselves, despite our human failings, we also open the door to connecting in a more caring, empathic, intimate way with the ones we love and with all living beings. Our brains are wired for survival, but also for empathy. We have mirror neurons that fire when we see other people's pain. Let us learn to love ourselves so we can be more open and compassionate to others, and so we can take down the walls that limit who we can be and what we can contribute. The quotes below are intended as inspiration for your inward journey. Become more mindful of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Know your vulnerabilities as well as your strengths and achievements, and learn to love yourself for both. I have included categories that define some different facets of self love, including awareness, acceptance and growth. Following the quotes is an exercise to help you better know and accept yourself.

Please do check out the rest of this great information, if you, like me are on a journey to unconditional self-love.

Peace. Ellie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Self-Love - The Greatest Love of All

I found this article by Tania Kotsos.

Here's a delicious little tid bit to get you started;

Self love forms the foundation of your single, most important relationship - that with yourself. The strength of all your other relationships is exactly equal to the strength of that foundation. To love yourself is not just a self-esteem boosting piece of advice. It is the prerequisite to truly loving others. The Golden Rule tells us to "love your neighbor as you love yourself". You are likely to have heard it many times, expressed in different ways, thinking it is about loving others. Look a little closer though, and you will find that at its very center is the command to love yourself.

Please stop over to Mind Your Reality to finish this insightful article.  Also the comments section is very interesting too. 

Peace. Ellie

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Under The Weather

Both myself and my computer have not been feeling well.  I've been to the doctor's office and had one trip to the ER, plus a follow up set for Friday. The computer is going to the shop on Monday and hopefully repaired.  I hope we are both better soon. 

Peace. Ellie

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The List!

I've been making a daily search on the world wide web and sifting through anything I can find about self-love.  What actions to take, what questions to ask myself, even quotes that are food for thought regarding self-love. Looking everywhere for pearls of wisdom from experts, seers and others just like me.

So, I was gratefully surprised to find in my very own email a post from one of my very favorite artist and blogger, Kathryn Costa, at her  Collage Diva blog.  Her post really fits so well with my current self love journey/search, PLUS I totally love Tiny Buddha as you all know. Visit Kathryn's blog for the list from Tiny Buddha written by Sarah Nean Bruce and to view her delightful art journal page dealing with powerful ideas about love put into words.  I love how Kathryn can artistically express her ideas using paint, paper, images and just the right words....She is truly amazing!

Peace. Ellie