Self-Love is owning our story ,
loving ourselves through the process,
and is the bravest thing
that we’ll ever do for ourselves.
Hello, My friends
This week has flown by with bicycle rides, and sitting in the shade of the trees on the river bank watching the speed boats race, smelling the fuel and having our ears blasted by the super noise. Another enjoyment to add to my Pleasure Portfolio.
For the month of January I began to write daily about my journey to self-love, the lessons I have learned. I’m sharing them on Facebook. Look for me @authenticlivingwithlinda or @lindacodlin25.
My definition of SELF-LOVE is knowing who you are, being at peace with your past, and trusting yourself to live into the future with the attitude of “Whoopie, Lets see how far this thing goes.”
SELF-LOVE is about being true to your inner self, it is about making the best decision for you, based on the information you have and where you see yourself in the future.
True SELF-LOVE is not about anyone else, even though you can take others into consideration with your decisions. Self-love is doing what you know to be best for you.
True SELF-LOVE often involves sacrifice, you sacrifice the immediate pleasure for the long term gain. And sometimes it’s the other way around, you participate in the pleasure of the now.
True SELF-LOVE is following the inner beacon that each of us have in us. It is doing the hard things, the unpleasant, and the uncomfortable things. It is also laughing and having fun, living without care, or the heaviness of responsibilities that can weigh us down.
True SELF-LOVE is about being truthful, with the core of who we are, it’s being the detective who investigates why we drink more than we know we should, and lifts the lid on why we continue to eat foods that we know are not healthful for our body’s.
It’s about looking under the surface and discovering what is really going on.
It’s about having fun, and enjoying the life you have now, pleasure and peace.
True SELF-LOVE is about letting yourself feel and be. Feeling the hurts of the past, gently so they don’t overwhelm you, sorting through the stories that are behind those hurts, and discovering the truth.
True SELF-LOVE is not for the faint hearted, it takes courage, guts, and grace.
It takes respect for yourself, to see your past and how it has shaped you to be the person you are today, reading this.
The good news is that as you take the steps to get to know who you really are, you will find treasures, love, acceptance, peace and strengths you have forgotten even existed.
I would even dare to say you will find or rediscover your ‘purpose’ and ‘passion’ that have become buried under the adult responsibilities, or the past hurts of childhood.
THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS
“IF YOU CAN THINK A THOUGHT
YOU CAN CHANGE A THOUGHT”
All thoughts are OPTIONAL.
This one little phrase is what set me on the road to reunite myself with me.
You see, if I can think a thought, I can also change that thought to think something better, a thought that enables me to be free from my past and the hang ups that followed me from childhood.
My intention for you is that this one phrase will sink deep into your soul to give you your power back as it did for me.
When you head over to Facebook to read my daily posts, you will find more tips on how I began to unravel the layers of hurt, guilt and shame.
Remember this is an ongoing process.
Everyday I find more areas that need setting free, so I can love myself unconditionally, I use these tools and tips almost everyday.
YOU ARE NOT BROKEN: YOU NEVER HAVE BEEN.
YOU MAY BE BRUISED AND HURT AND IN NEED OF HEALING.
YOU MAY HAVE HIDDEN YOUR EMOTIONS FROM YOURSELF TO SURVIVE.
YOU ARE NOT BROKEN
Self-love is your right and it’s within your grasp.
Head over to Facebook and look me up @lindacodlin25 and I’ll walk you through what I did to find my true self.
Until next week my friends, I hope to see you everyday this month.
SELF-LOVE is your right,
SELF-LOVE is within your grasp.
Connect with me for The Month of Self-Love
@authentic living with linda