How many times did you ask yourself that question?
I did at least a million times.
I saw all these beautiful posts, mantras, affirmations, illustrations, quotes, poems, books and posters, and all I did was nodding my head and repeating after them – ‘oh yes, yes, I know… yes, I love myself, yes, I care about myself’ – over and over again.
Oh gosh, how they didn’t resonate with me.
Oh gosh, how they didn’t sound familiar to me at all.
The more I immersed myself into it, the more frustrated I was getting.
What is all about that self-love?
How one can freaking actually love themselves?
It simply didn’t click at all.
I felt at times, like either my mind didn’t get it, or I did something wrong, or simply – self-love doesn’t exist. It was all blurry-type of marketing fame and that was it all.
I was actually right, at least with the first part of my statement. My mind didn’t get it because self-love is not mind’s job. Period!
Honestly, anytime my mind started spinning its chatter, I seriously needed to seat with it and make sure it shuts up so I could do my thing.
I was also right with the second part of my statement, that I was doing something wrong.
I was actually doing everything upside down, and all over again. I got myself in such a bundle of wires and knots that there was no way to see it through. I got to that point that I needed to scream loud to ask for help. I was doing all of it wrong, including self-help tools I intenden to use.
Self-love is the easiest thing ever if we let it be!!!
Self-love, as the name indicates, comes from within. WITHIN!
Read that again. From inside of you!
It doesn’t come from artificial affirmations which someonetold us to use, and you have no clue even how to embody them.
Self-love doesn’t come from a million self-care practices, amazing spa weekends and red roses.
Self-love doesn’t come from being needy and expecting others to make you happy. How unfair is that!
So where is it coming from, huh?
Here is my answer:
I was looking for self-love in money and a great job. And it didn’t show up. I was looking for it in validation, cuddles and external love from boyfriends and it didn’t show up either. I was looking for it even in the healthy lifestyle industry, by being fit, eating well, looking sexy, desired and admirable…. Well, it didn’t show up in there as well.
The more I was ‘looking’ for, the more I was discovering that it may actually not exists.
The beautiful self-love, that one I truly desired, and wanted to be a part of my life, was nowhere to be seen.
How did I want the self-love to show up in my life?
- I wanted to be depression-free so I could have life purpose to get up every day.
- I wanted to be suicidal-thoughts-free so I could appreciate the gift of life.
- I wanted to be bulimia-free so I could be grateful for the body which did so much for me every day.
- I wanted to be self-hatred-free so I could freaking finally love myself.
Purely. Unconditionally. Confidently. Authentically. Joyfully.
It came to me.
It came in a form I would have never expected.
Oh, how sad and mad, frustrated and angry, disappointed and upset I was.
And at the same time, how relieved I felt. How happy, truly, purely, authentically and joyfully happy!
It came in the form of the love from WITHIN.
❤ The moment when I cried feeling sadness, but I sat with it to understand why I was sad.
❤ The moment when I was alone with myself and stayed there to experience who I was.
❤ The moment when I joyfully danced and jumped in the park knowing that this made my heart smile.
❤ The moment when saying ‘NO’ was a blissful experience.
❤ The moment when I saw my depression as a cry of my soul to be loved and appreciated.
❤ The moment when the most important relationship I wanted to nurture was with myself first.
❤ The moment when my childhood abuse memories were coming back and I thanked them for showing up.
❤ The moment when I rebuild the connection with my Inner Child and saw her pain caused by me.
❤ The moment when looking at my naked body wasn’t filled with willingness to self-violate anymore.
❤ The moment when I was literally apologizing for every part of my body for abusing it for so long.
❤ The moment when I got my first period after over 15 years of faking it and getting rid of.
❤ The moment when I enjoyed being braless because I finally loved my femininity.
❤ The moment when I became a friend with my pain, weakness and mistakes – being grateful for their teachings.
❤ The moment when I literally could touch, smell and even taste my own blood knowing that this is freaking me.
And that will be me. Until I die.
Did I want to treat myself and my Inner Child in the abusive way as I was abused in my past?
Did I want to waste my body, my soul and heart because I didn’t see it as it ‘should be’?
No. Not anymore.
That was me. That is me. Whole. Unique. Myself. With my ebbs and flows. With my vulnerabilities and superpowers. Enough. Loved. Joyful.
Me. My body, my cycle, my blood, my creative being!
Me. Naked. Dancing. Braless. Beautiful. Blissful. Sad and happy.
All of it and even more. ME.
This is a pure love I was longing for all my life!
It came to me!
And I was ready for her!
I want to express here the deepest gratitude that most of it wouldn’t be obtained without the help of amazing coaches and mentors I had on the path to rediscovering myself and ‘finding’that love which was truly always here, within. With some of them, I worked in person, being a part of their programs and tribes, and some of them impacted me very powerfully via their books, materials, podcasts and self-expression viadifferent platforms.
Zlata Sushchik, Melinda Collins, Samantha Skelly, ElizabethDiAlto, Claire Baker, Danielle LaPorte, Gabby Bernstein, Red School with Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer as the founders, Lisa Lister, and many more I haven’t listed, yet being so empowering on the journey to my own femininity.
You got this beYOUtiful! ❤