3rd February 2020
“Who am I going to celebrate with – who is going to be my Valentine? What do I give as a present? What do they like? What is enough? What is too much? What if they will not like it? Do I need to send a card as well?
How will we celebrate? Where are we going to celebrate? God forbid I am going to be alone!!!!! What does it tell about me?
So much pressure, so much stress. I just wish it was over already.”
Some or all of these thoughts might cross your mind when thinking about the upcoming event. Well, no worries, it is only human, and you are not alone.
My question for you today would be – and please think about it and do not answer it lightly – take a few seconds before you answer it:
Did you give it some thought?
I know it already. I do have a crystal ball after all J.
Now, who is your Ace of Hearts?
When we accept, respect and love ourselves the way we are at any given moment, will our relationships be harmonious and effortless. Only when we love ourselves unconditionally, can we truly love others.
When we love ourselves, are we in good contact with our heart, our gut feeling our inner guidance, our highest self – call it whatever you want. That’s when you can start following your own path. That’s usually the moment when everything starts falling into place, when we begin to have effortless success, when suddenly possibilities arise, we wouldn’t have dreamed of bevor, when we get to meet the right people, etc.
When we love ourselves, we know we deserve our own empathy, our own compassion. We readily acknowledge our emotions, can easily understand their message and know the underlying needs that want to be fulfilled.
Loving ourselves we are authentic, we are positive, we are balanced, content, healthier, happier, you name it.
To say it in the words of Whitney Houston:
“I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me
I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignityBecause the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all.”
Songwriters: Linda Creed / Michael Masser
Greatest Love of All lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
I call self-love the supreme discipline. Self-love does not mean being selfish; it has nothing to do with egoism or narcissism. Loving ourselves we are more inclined to be compassionate and empathic with others. Loving ourselves does not mean, we do not want to improve or develop ourselves anymore.
Quite the contrary!
Self-love is nothing we can gain by buying another pair of shoes, we cannot find it in a beauty spa or through cosmetic surgery. Being loved by others will not present us with more self-love – although it does give us a really good feeling J. Self-love is nothing we can find on the outside.
Self-love is a series of activities to balance our body, mind and soul. Hence, self-love is all and only about self-development and growth – physically, psychologically and spiritually.
What to do?
You might have guessed some hints in this blog already. Self-love is about getting to know yourself better, to be aware of your thoughts and feelings – physically (feelings) and psychologically (emotions). It also means to be aware of our needs and to fulfill them; as long as it is for our own good and we do not harm others.
Be nice to and forgiving with yourself. Know what you want and what is good for you. Learn to say ‘No’ and to set boundaries, have your own back, etc. There are many different activities supporting your physical, psychological and spiritual growth.
Why don’t you start by being your very own and most loved Valentine this year? Be with yourself and enjoy the me-time.
Images by silviarita / Thought Catalog / Alexas Fotos from Pixabay
You could …
Learn to take good care of yourself.
Spending time with yourself might feel strange and unfamiliar at the beginning. It might even be difficult because we are not used to enjoy ourselves, to spend time in our own company. We are so used to distract and/or numb ourselves with television, social media and other activities. Silence or being on our own can be frightening. Give it a try, give it a chance, and I promise you, it will get better every time, up until to the point that you will enjoy spending time with yourself.
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, this includes everyone you love, not only your partner, but also friends, family and of course yourself. Yes, I know, your pets are naturally part of this as well ;-), they are part of the family after all. It does not matter whether you are actually in an intimate relationship or not, you can celebrate with everyone you love, it’s okay, whatever society might think, or commercials want us to believe.
Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day may be. Whether you spend it in your own company or with your partner, with friends or family, or with your cat, do not stress over it, do whatever you want to do. Do not put yourself under pressure, discuss your plans with the person you want to be with. Take the stress out of the event by telling your Valentine what your wishes and expectations are, what you can and want to do and what you not. Also, ask them what they expect and what their wishes are; listen carefully. Find a way that everyone can enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you and be well.
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sibylle chaudhuri | coaching & training
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