What Is Self-Love…and How Can You Receive More?

Someday I will petition Dictionary.com to change its definition of self-love. But I’m not willing to wait for that to happen before I set the record — and your mind — straight about what self-love really is. Especially not after all the work you just did to clear yourself of those big misunderstandings and ridiculous beliefs about self-love. However, I do admit I dream of millions of us, self-loving women and girls, mailing letter upon letter to the office where this council of definition-makers resides. But for right now, we need to evoke your individual love power to put your self-love mind-set in place for good, so that nothing holds you back from expressing love for yourself without apology.

First, I took it upon myself to write a new definition for self-love that we can all rally around and embrace. One that you can input into your memory banks. A definition that will make you think, “Choosing self-love is good! Do that! Often.” Here goes. Open your mind, heart, and spirit for the real definition of self-love.

Self-love is the unconditional love and respect

that you have for yourself

that is so deep,

so solid,

so unwavering

that you choose only situations and relationships —

including the one you have with yourself

that reflect that same unconditional love and respect.

Okay, let’s pause here for a moment. You want this to sink in deep. Put your hand on your heart and read the definition out loud. Really get the vibration of love passing through your lips and seeping into your heart. Feel the love in your body as you speak this truth. Yum, huh?

Now, let’s make it personal. Reread the definition again, this time transforming it into a belief that you can hold and come back to again and again. Read the definition aloud, slowly, replacing the “you” and “yourself” with “I” and “myself,” making this about your love for you.

Self-love is the unconditional love and respect

that I have for myself

that is so deep,

so solid,

so unwavering

that I choose only situations and relationships —

including the one I have with myself —

that reflect that same unconditional love and respect.

 Reread the entire definition out loud three times for maximum benefit. (Don’t ask why three times; this is one of those magic-inducing things that just is — vows, mantras, and anything you want to stick in your heart and mind need to be repeated out loud at least three times.) Read at a pace that allows you to feel the words sink into your body, as if they were penetrating your cells. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, open your eyes, and read, listening with your heart, as if your heart were soaking the words in. Keep your hand on your chest right over your heart for extra love power (this is the place on your body that you can always touch to activate your connection to your best-friend self). After you finish reading this self-love definition, pause for a few moments, eyes still closed, and let your heart consider this version of self-love to be a reality for you.

What would it be like to love yourself so much that you, as your best friend, would be willing to take that kind of stand for yourself? To stand for yourself and your right to unconditional love and respect before anything or anyone else?

Unconditional love and respect is a powerful and purposeful choice of words.It means that, without exception, parameters, rules, or expectation, you commit to giving yourself love and respect. That the love and respect you have for yourself is just there, even when you screw up, make bad choices, or don’t show up as your best self. You are human, and to be human means that you will make mistakes, fail, and fall down. Your job as your very best friend is to always reach out your hand to help yourself up, just as you would an innocent child. If you witnessed a child fall down or stumble while learning to walk, you wouldn’t say, “Get up, you loser! What’s your problem? You can do better than that!” No, you would likely reach out your hand, help the child up, and say, “It’s okay, keep trying. You are doing great!” Your job is to do the same for yourself, to always choose to give yourself a hug and remind yourself that you’re still growing and learning. That’s what a best friend or a loving parent would do, and that’s what you will learn to do as choosing self-love becomes your natural go-to state. 

We’ve all had relationships in which people didn’t love us unconditionally, but instead used love as a reward, a punishment, or a manipulation tactic. In my own experience, the times that a person I trusted and loved — whether a parent, friend, or lover — took love away were some of the most damaging and painful times I’ve ever known. Perhaps you too have experienced love being taken away or used against you — it hurts! So do yourself a favor and make the relationship with yourself different. Make it better. Make it so that love is always given and always present, no matter what.

Excerpted from the new book Madly in Love with ME ©2012 by Christine Arylo.  Published with permission of New World Library http://www.newworldlibrary.com

Christine’s book, Madly in Love with ME: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend was selected as one of Aspire’s November 2012 TOP 10 INSPIRING BOOKS

Christine Arylo About Christine Arylo

Christine Arylo is a internationally recognized speaker and best-selling author, who after earning her MBA from Kellogg and climbing the corporate ladder marketing big brands like Gap and Frito-Lay, chose to devote her life to creating a new reality for women and girls, one based on self-love and true feminine power instead of the relentless pursuit of having to do, be and have it all.

She is the best-selling author of three books, her newest, Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself & Start Loving Yourself, Choosing ME before WE and Madly in Love With Me, The Daring Adventure to Becoming Your Own Best Friend. She is the creator of The Feminine Super Powers and The Feminine Super Power Year, helping women live and create the divine feminine way. She is also the founder of the international self-love movement, which educates and teaches women, men and children around the world.

Christine has been featured on CBS, ABC, FOX, E!, and on radio shows and stages around the world, including TEDx. She normally lives in California with her soul partner, Noah, but is known for her love of travel, and spiritual adventure and exploration. And so can often be found leading transformational conversations and sacred retreats around the world.

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  • Gabby

    This is a really good article to read every now and then…I know that criticizing myself constantly packs a hard punch to my self-worth. Just acknowledging that we are all worthy to be loved, at least by ourselves, should be the mantra of the day.