Were you brought up to believe that taking care of yourself is selfish, and that to be a good person you need to be self-sacrificing? Not only is self-care not selfish, it is the most loving thing you can do for yourself and others. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our loved ones as well as to the world is our own happiness. Dr. Margaret Paul shares examples of what it means to be selfish and self-responsible.
One day, when I was dialoguing with my higher self, I asked her to teach me about the soul. She told me that our soul holds our gifts and talents, and is an individual manifestation of spirit, created in the image of God-which-is-love. She gave me a beautiful clear picture of our Divine essence being the aspect of the soul energy that is within our body, and showed me that the soul energy extends through the body and also surrounds it. She showed me that the part of the soul energy that extends outside of the body is the aspect that is in connection with the love and wisdom of universe.
Whatever we do that is truly loving to ourselves – that is in the highest good of our soul’s journey on the planet – is also loving to others. It is never in our highest good to be mean to others, or to disregard others’ feelings and needs. But it is in our highest good to follow our inner guidance and do what really brings us joy and fulfillment.
I’d already developed a concept of myself as not being good enough. I lived with that mindset through my mid-twenties until I decided it was time for a change. Today I embrace that I am a fabulous tapestry of imperfections, challenges, gifts, wisdom, and purpose. So are YOU! And that’s worth a whole lot of love! Here are 8 strategies I’ve used to love ALL of who I am, and that I use to help my clients and students.