"... in that swirling dance is your power."
Last summer, I met a wonderful woman while learning that beautiful practice of Let Your Yoga Dance I wrote about earlier (on February 10). She's a beautiful soul who understands the longing that many have to find themselves in this complicated world we live in. She posted this message a few days ago and I thought it was perfect for this day.
Today, dear one, love what is. Have a deep appreciation and gratitude for who you are.
Today, dear one, embrace your swirling dance of complexity.
Today, dear one, truly be your own Valentine.
With love, gratitude and awe,
P.S. Want to foster a true practice of loving yourself? Here are 11 ways to start.
Acknowledge Your Gifts and Talents. Whether you realize it or not, you have knowledge and skills that other people do not have. Work with your strengths.
Be True to Yourself. Pursue your passions. By following your passions, you will attract people to you who share your excitement, dedication and joy.
Know Your Own Value. Don’t assume someone is better than you. Find ways to assess your skills, abilities, and achievements without comparing yourself to others.
Try to Stop the Internal Dialogue. Think about all the times in a day you "think" something bad about yourself. Would you say that out loud to a true friend? No. Treat yourself like you would your friend.
Focus on the Positive. Eliminate your bad habit of only focusing on the negative aspects of your life because it makes those things seem disproportionately important. Make a habit of observing the good things in your life every day.
Avoid Perfectionism. Perfectionism leads to procrastination. Procrastination is all about fear of failure. Imperfect action is better than taking no action. The important thing is taking the first step.
Carefully Choose Who You Spend Time With. You may not have a choice who you work with, but you definitely choose your personal relationships. Spend your time with loving people who are not judgmental. Pick friends who are supportive, caring, and accept you for who you are.
Don’t Take Crap from Anyone. No explanation needed here. Walk away.
Own Your Feelings. Acknowledge your feelings, and understand they are normal. If you feel like crying - cry. Work to understand why you feel as you do… but feel.
Learn What Your Feelings Are Telling You. Your feelings are communicating important information to you. Just like physical pain tells you when you have an illness or an injury, emotional pain is telling you that something you are doing is not right for you.
Practice loving kindness (meta) meditation. Research has shown that practicing 7 weeks of loving-kindness meditation increased love, joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, and awe.