Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu
How do you feel when you hear the phrase “self-love?” What thoughts come to your mind?
For a very long time, most of my life actually, I felt aversion to the idea of self-love. You could sum it up in one word: “Yuck.” The notion of self-love often evokes knee-jerk reactions and judgments like this, doesn’t it?
Resistance, guilt, unworthiness, unease, self-indulgence, aversion, tightening – these are just a few common responses that might arise when you hear someone say, “Love yourself.”
These are the boulders blocking your way on the path to self love.
It’s likely they’ve been installed for a good reason: To protect you in some mysterious way.
But there comes a time when the pain of constant self-dislike or indifference is no longer bearable. It’s time to start moving those boulders aside.