Ever notice when you really love someone or something it's not a conscious decision? It just unfolds in the landscape of your heart as if it was always there and you happened to be lucky enough to remember it.
It could be a person, a pet, or a perfect sunset. Your heart's recognition of love outside itself is a thing of beauty.
Why then, do we not have this love for ourselves? Why isn't it automatic to honor and cherish who-we-are in this same, automatic, easy way?
Before we can change how we treat ourselves, we first must acknowledge the struggle for self-acceptance is very real.
So, that's step one. Acknowledge we could be kinder to ourselves.
The next step is this:
little by slowly show ourselves love.
Actions seem easier. Take a walk, drink some tea, journal away confusion, rest, hug yourself, or do whatever you would do for a friend in need of comfort.
Words are a bit trickier because they zip by us often before we can catch them. We must hold up our nets of self-compassion and keep only what feels kind and true while letting the rest go. No need to change our fear-based thoughts. We only need to let them run their course and turn our hearts back to love.
Little by slowly.
That's all we can do.
Let love do the rest.
Inward & Onward,
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