Here at the studio, we have a beautiful tradition of celebrating every month with an intention. As we enter the month of love, we would like to set our focus on SELF-LOVE.
Self-love has often been seen as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness. In 1956, however, psychologist and social philosopher Erich Fromm proposed that loving oneself is different from being arrogant, conceited, or egocentric; instead, it means caring about oneself and taking responsibility for oneself.
Eric Fromm proposed a re-evaluation of self-love in a positive sense, arguing that in order to be able to truly love another person, a person needs to first love oneself, in the way of respecting oneself, and knowing oneself (e.g. being realistic and honest about one’s strengths and weaknesses).
How can you possibly take proper care of the people around you if you’re not taking good care of yourself? As the saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty jug”.
This month we invite you to explore what self-love and self-respect mean to you? Are you giving yourself enough love? Are you kind to yourself?
We are sharing 5 simple ways you can start including self-love practice into your everyday life.
# Create a self-love ritual
It can be anything… This is your ritual, so craft it as you wish. Maybe it’s getting up earlier every morning and enjoying a cup of your favourite tea or fresh juices. Nourish your body with a healthy treat–it will uplift your mood and set you up for the day. Your ritual can be morning journaling or meditation with your chosen mantra.
# Nourish your body
Give your body the nurturing, rest, sleep and comfort it needs. Moving in any form is a great way to honor our bodies. Dance, swim, do yoga, go for a run or take a long walk, always be open to explore new ways of moving your physical body and energy levels.
# Become mindful
Start noticing your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. We tend to judge ourselves, feeling as if we’re not good enough. Exercise positive thinking. Positive thoughts will lead to positive actions.
# Learn to say ‘no’
Nowadays ‘no’ is the new ‘yes’. Sometimes we are in the habit of saying yes to help or to please others. Before saying ‘yes’ just stop for a minute and think, is what someone is asking you the opposite of what you really want? If no, tell them and be honest! Saying ‘no’ helps to prioritize your own feelings and needs.
# Find something to be grateful for every day
We often think about gratitude as being thankful for things we have, things that happen to us, or for other people. You can use gratitude to focus in on improving any area of your life. Wherever you put your focus, those thought seeds will grow and bloom in you body-mind-soul.
There are many other ways of cultivating self-love and valuing one’s own happiness and well-being. Understanding the importance of self-love and how it really works is key to living a present, positive and happy life.