LOVE on Valentine’s Day: Self Love

By Lanaya Nelson for Stop.Breathe.Action

“It is not enough to have more or even to know more, but to live more, and if we want to live more we must love more.  Love is ‘the treasure hid in the field’,  and this field is our own soul.  Here the treasure is found for which the wise merchant ‘went and sold all he had’.  And contrary to the law of matter where to give more means to have less, in the law of love the more one gives, the more one has.” -Juan Mascaro, in the Introduction to The Bhagavad Gita

There should be no limit or inhibitions on the amount of love you should give or show- and this goes for any relationship in your life.  As far as love goes, as Juan Mascaro says, the more you give, the more you have, because when you give, that void space is filled with self-love.  The more you give, the wider your capacity to love and respect yourself.  And the more you respect yourself, your capacity to love others will continue to grow as well.  It is a beautiful cycle of love.

Understand that your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have, and if you’re not happy with it, this is the fundamental place that needs attending to, this is the place that needs the most love. Unconditional love for yourself is the foundation to unconditionally love others and the world around you.

Do something nice and out-of-the-ordinary just for yourself today.  Cherish yourself.  Love yourself.  After all, it is the day for love.

Stop.Breathe.Love.

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