We all need more self-love. Everyday.
I remember getting back into yoga when I was 25. I didn’t particularly like myself, let alone love myself. I was going through some big things, didn’t have any time to look after myself. I was on the go all the time, work was busy, home life was busy.
I was constantly going out, constantly hungover. A bit clueless. Standard mid-twenties kinda thing!
It really took a yoga transformation project to knock the snot out of me and get me on the journey to self-love.
I honestly thought this project was going to teach me how to do Crow Pose and help me lose some weight. Yoga was exercising to me, I just wanted to sweat and lose weight.
This transformation project was HAAAAAAAARD!! It was a 6-week thing, I had to be in a yoga class every single day, I had to meditate and fill in a journal. Every day for 6 weeks. No excuses. In the first meeting, I was like WT* am I doing here with a bunch of hippies. But when we did the group meditation and you could feel all the energy in the room, I felt something else. I felt calm, peaceful. I felt like I cared about something. (In that first meeting I met one of my favourite humans, who is still a beautiful friend.)
What made this 6-week program so hard was that I had to put in the time and the effort to love myself. I thought I did love me. In a surface level kinda way, I probably did. But deep down, not so much.
And that is where the real yoga begins. Learning to accept and love yourself is the essence of yoga. Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. And that is what yoga taught me. I started to learn to love myself. Every part of me, even the parts that are a bit shitty.
Mantras for self-love
So, my love, you ready to start to love yourself a bit more?
You really do have to love yourself before you can love others. Yoga and meditation help cultivate self-love for ourselves. It helps us live free from fear and full of unconditional love. One effective way to channel self-love is through mantra meditation. Mantras get to the heart quickly.
Find a quiet place to sit where you won’t be disturbed. Make yourself comfortable and begin to let the mantra to repeat gently in your mind. No force or expectations. Just let it resonate.
I’m sharing my three favourite self-love mantras that I come back to when I am a bit of a funk.
- I am worthy of love
- I am enough
- I am loved, I am loving, I am love.
You are the person you are around the most. It might be time to start loving yourself a bit more! When I take time to practice self-care and self-love I am happier, healthier and a better person to be around.
I am a big fan of loving-kindness meditations, so if a mantra isn’t for you, then try a guided meditation.
I hope it inspires you to know and feel, you are loved and you are welcome, and I mean it.