I, of course, mean self love when I speak of love. What other kind is there, really. I have to be honest, I didn't buy into this whole 'self love' movement at first. I was skeptical as I usually was and was so busy maintaining my comfort zone that it almost made me angry. As someone who used to make beating themselves up a daily ritual, I couldn't even fathom liking myself, much less looking myself in the mirror and saying 'I love you' into my own eyes.
Then, one day, I did it. It was one of those really down on myself days where I just couldn't stop the tears from falling at every little thing. I couldn't decide what to wear (ladies, you know this space), I couldn't decide how I wanted my hair (there's only 2 options..), everything was a problem.
But, I decided to do it. To stare into the mirror and tell myself that 'it's ok, I love you.' Then I cried. and cried. and cried. It felt like I cried for 3 weeks straight. But when I stopped crying, I felt better. I could feel my compassion, my hurt, my sad, my lonely, myself. Looking into my eyes I saw what I was, a sad and hurting person. When I didn't look in the mirror it appeared everything outside of me was the problem; my wardrobe or lack of hair accessories. I felt I needed stuff to make me feel better; when all I needed was a mirror. I needed to look into myself to see what I really needed. I needed a huge dose, and regularly, of this self love thing everyone is talking about.
So that's what I've done for the past 3 years, and I've found some easy and creative ways to sneak in my self love, all day long!
Make a playlist
Remember mixed tapes? When you were crushing on someone and you'd make them a tape of all your favorite songs and the songs that made you think of them sprinkled in to let them know how you felt. Do that, but for yourself. Some of my favorites are love ballads!! I sing them to myself in the car and really get into the feeling of treating myself as the love of my life. Its POWERFUL!
Dry Brush with intention!
Dry brushing every morning with thoughts of self love will kick start your day into positivity and alignment and its SO easy. First, go the the store and grab a dry brush, then use that thang every dang day. Before your shower, lightly use the brush starting at your feet and working your way up your legs, your back, stomach and your arms, up to your face. While you do this either say out loud or in your mind how much you love and appreciate your body for all it does for you throughout the day and night. Your feet will be the strongest appreciator of all, for they get walked all over all day!