As I was meditating this morning on my favorite chapter of scripture in the bible, I received yet another insight about it and thought I’d share. (1 Corinthians 13)
Practicing “love” first begins with loving ourselves because if we are all one, then what I do to myself I do to you, and what I do to you I do to myself. (Yes, I meant to write the sentence this way – just read it a few more times and let it sink in:) If I do not love and accept myself, show myself compassion and forgiveness, be kind and generous with myself first, then how can I possibly extend that to others in a genuine way? We are our own worst enemies, we beat up on ourselves so bad and then expect others to love us, but when they do we feel we don’t deserve it and often screw up things up!
As we learn to be more loving towards ourselves, the fears and doubts subside, and the walls of protection we’ve built around us dissolve; then we embody “love” and can share it freely with others.
My logical mind already knew this but somehow it really sunk into my heart this morning. I GET to BE love and THEN share it. From this space it’s easier to love others in a more unconditional way. This revelation bought tears to my eyes and clarity to many difficult experiences in my life, making this whole experience of being human seem worthwhile.
Mel’s Two Cents: There’s really something to this loving yourself thing – I highly recommend it!
Until next time.
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