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February 27, 2014

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12 Steps to Bliss List: Part Two

January 7, 2013

Step Two: Love yourself unconditionally.

 

 

Sappy? Yes, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Self-love is a key element of living a blissful life!

 

We as humans have been given a wonderful gift. We have been given the gift for the capacity to love and be loved, and this love should extend to one’s self. Finding bliss, and love for that matter, starts with you. It starts with realizing that you are worthy of love… worthy of bliss and happiness, worthy of forgiveness for past mistakes, worthy of self-acceptance in all your strengths and weaknesses, in your golden moments and faults, in your uniqueness. You are worthy of the life you wish to create for yourself, and once you realize this worth and see it in yourself, and love yourself without condition… love your body and soul in all its perfections and imperfections… and see the beauty you have to offer not just yourself, but the world… then you can find bliss.

 

This of course is, as many things are, an ongoing practice and requires continual forgiveness and acceptance of self; and in addition to these things, loving one’s self is about doing what is in your best interest. It’s about taking care of your health and body; breaking bad habits; being honest with yourself about what you want and what’s important to you; surrounding yourself with people who build you up; taking control of your life; working towards becoming your best self and remaining in love with yourself through the mistakes you make along the way on this journey. It's about not blaming others for where you are, yet taking responsibility for getting to where you want to be; and simply showing yourself and others the love and kindness you wish to receive. This is how you love yourself, and this love is the second step towards living a blissful life.

 

...And once you love yourself, you are open to receiving love (healthy love) from others.

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