How It All Began
In the early years of my life. I had been trying to figure out what is meant by this term self-love. How do you love yourself? How do you know if you are doing it and doing it right?
I did not have the answers to these questions. There had been many voices that explained it as keeping your body fit and lean or eating healthy. Some even went to say that its being able to dress appropriately for your body.
Over the years I came to understand that there is another element to Self-love that I had not tapped into yet.
This made me curious enough to do some personal research and thus I began unpacking what self-love meant for me.
You have to be Honest with Yourself
Doing this meant that I was going to be facing some real truths about myself. I will be facing some unadulterated realities regarding my habits. Fortunately, I had already embarked on this path. I was asking the questions that needed to be asked. Seeing what was hard to see and changing the way I was thinking about everything that related to me and my body.
What I have come to understand about self-love is that, I have to be willing to care enough about myself to be aware of what I have been doing to myself.
The self-talk I have been having and how I was treating myself. I have to be willing to ask the hard questions and listen. Listen to the answers that come without judgement or criticism. I have to listen with an open heart. To accept the parts of myself that I deemed impossible to love and to learn what it is, to honour myself and my soul.
The journey begins when you are not only honest with yourself but you start talking to yourself with love. The internal work that you will do is very rewarding. I would encourage each one of us to do some sort of introspection.