Self-Care Sunday & Self-Love Always

February 12, 2017

DSC_0253On the cusp of Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be appropriate to focus on the kind of love that is arguably the most important… the love of yourself. The practice of self-love is not equated with promoting ego, conceit, or arrogance, but rather is about honoring yourself as you would others. First love yourself, and then others will love you. Self-love is about learning to love your mind, your body, and your soul. It’s about learning to accept the failures that help you to be able to grow. When you are able to accept yourself as you are in its entirety, it will make loving others, in all their differences- flaws included- all the more meaningful.

To commence this journey to self-love you must treat yourself as if you’re having a love affair… with yourself.DSC_0268To begin with, you must start by treating yourself with more kindness. When you begin to self-sabotage or think negatively of yourself you must interrupt that thinking and turn it into kind and loving thoughts. Open your heart and mind so that you can feel what it is you need and watch the universe conspire to support you.

Just as you would to a significant other, it’s important you forgive yourself- daily. We are all human and every single one of use makes mistakes. It is how we grow from these mistakes that truly defines us.

Surround yourself with supportive family and friends who love you. Set boundaries and release yourself from relationships that are toxic. Part of protecting yourself means learning to say no when you need to.DSC_0285DSC_0320Lastly, pamper yourself. A lover would buy you flowers or leave you love notes around the house. They would do whatever they could to take care of you and make you feel special. You must do the same by taking care of yourself by putting yourself first. Thus, comes forth the need for self-care.

Self-care is the way in which you take time to show your body and mind that you care. Yes, it could be treating yourself to a massage at the spa once in awhile, but more than that it is the things you do daily to remind yourself that you matter.DSC_0270DSC_0262Read books that exercise your brain and challenge you to put yourself first each and every day.

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Clear your space by burning palo santo, sage, or incense to rid yourself of negative energies.DSC_0277DSC_0311Administer essential oils on pulse points. Rose, jasmine, vanilla, honeysuckle, sandalwood and frankincense are all wonderful essential oils. They boost the energy of self-love.DSC_0314cDSC_0319Explore the art of Ayurvedic self-massage and use flower oils to assist in the emotional and spiritual levels of health.DSC_0338

Self-love is complete acceptance of yourself. To know who you are, where you have come from, and all the places you still have to go.

DSC_0332DSC_0280Meditation is the deepest form of self-love there is. Remember, if you have 15 minutes for Facebook, you can set aside 15 minutes for a practice that actually purifies your heart and connects you to who you really are. DSC_0307DSC_0290Heal yourself with crystals. Crystals can help heal deep-seated issues, bringing forth good health and greater happiness. Each crystal has its own unique healing properties — some are best suited for abundance and prosperity, while others are better for love, relationships, and harmony, or even protection and shielding.DSC_0334

Photography by Chelsea Blood

Model Logan Ronan (our newest intern)


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