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13 Feb 2022

What About You?

What I have found to be true is that the more I love myself, the more love and I give to other people AND the more love I can accept from other people.

Have you thought about loving yourself lately?

In celebration of love on this Valentine’s Day, here are some words of wisdom, shared with love to remind you that loving yourself is first because how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you,

Angie

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Loving Kindness

The first element of true love is loving kindness. The essense of loving kindness is being able to offer happiness. You can be the sunshine for another person. You can’t offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself. Learn how to practice mindfulness in such a way that you can create moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment. Then you have something to offer another person.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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with eyes closed

I hold myself tightly and say
I am in this with you
I am here for you
no matter what happens
I will take care of you

doing this
is me
choosing to be on my own team

doing this
is me
learning to hold myself down through even a
hurricane

doing this
is how I am able to
live my life
rather than let
my life
live me

self-intimacy is self-care, self-care is self-love

~cleo wade

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Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

If you can accpet your body, then you have a chance to see your body as your home. You can rest in your body, settle in, relax, and feel joy and ease. If you don’t accpet your body and your mind, you can’t be at home with yourself. You have to accpet yourself as you are. This is a very important practice. As you practice building a home in yourself, you become more and more beautiful.

~Thich Nhat Hanh
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all of it

which parts of yourself won’t you let yoruself
love yet?

befriend your ingredients

the spice, the sweet, the pain, the heartache, the gifts, the shame,

fall
in love
with
all
of you

savor
yourself

~cleo wade
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a love note to my body

a love note to my body:

first of all,
I want to say
thank you.

for the heart you kept beating
even when it was broken

for every answer you gave me in my gut

for loving me back
even when I didn’t know how to love you

for every time you recovered when I pushed you past our limits

for today,

for waking up.

~cleo wade
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One reply on “What About You?”

When it comes to creating and sustaining a meditation practice I’ve found that the key is not to force it. If you have this preconceived idea that, in order to meditate you need a clear space, a meditation cushion, some sage and mala beads you are mistaken. Meditation can look like this. It can also look like, taking a few 3 intentional breaths and relaxing your shoulders before you enter an important meeting. It can look like, gazing on a single spot on the floor when you feel overwhelmed by crowds at a festival. It can look like, closing your eyes and listening to the sounds on a busy train when you’re exhausted.

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