So you’re woke now. You overslept. Feeling exhausted from running mind laps, from pressing the snooze button in hopes you’ll get to drift away for a few more minutes. Instead you’re late and stuck in sleep paralysis. You’re sick of it + desperate for a cure. Any questions?
Here is the answer. Self- Love. Sounds simple, right? It’s easy to say but difficult to do.
SELF-LOVE…a concept that should be simple but somehow feels complicated. How do we give ourselves something when we’re forever trying to figure ourselves out?
continuous respect and understanding of our own well-being and happiness
When we become aware of ourselves we become aware of how we relate to everything else. Think about interconnection and relativity: what we perceive is how we receive. So if we view our existence as painful or pointless, we are likely perceiving ourselves in the same way. On the flip side, this can be empowering and positive if we are practicing Self-Love.
The way we experience alters our perception, our perception alters our experience [of ourselves AND everything else]. So how do we learn to love ourselves– and why is this important?
When we Awaken [see Awakening 101 for more], our sense of self-awareness can become drastically affected or recognizably negative. Another way to look at self-love is taking a look at how we show up for ourselves– or don’t. Life may feel abrasive, overwhelming, and confusing. We may experience feelings of guilt, regret, and shame when we recognize there is now a before and after to our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and general existence. We can feel disrupted, anxious, unworthy and uncertain of the why. Despite external satisfaction, our internal peace does not exist; therefore we cannot exist in harmony with the world around us as it is a projection of how we feel inside.
“The journey into awakening and the journey into self-love are no different. We need to awaken, to actualize our potential, to open the space within, to meet our inner being. Why? Because we have love for who we are. By falling in love with our inner self, we allow our soul to awaken so that as we become one with our existence, that love can finally become complete.”
Shaming and criticizing yourself leads to a feeling of incompetence and depression, while self- compassion creates hope and trust in ourselves and in the process of change we’ve become.
Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that results from actions and practices that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love is dynamic; it grows through healthy choices and actions and is nourished by letting go of unhealthy habits or toxic patterns. When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning, are more centered in our life purpose and values, and expect living fulfillment through our own efforts.
Spiritual Degenerates offers support by making online information and community understandable and accessible for anyone at any stage of Awakening. Our collective awareness is understood through each individual process of self-discovery. We may not all walk at the same pace or take the same paths, but we are all walking each other home. That includes ourselves!
We’re here to unite during the ups and downs as you find out, layer by layer, that who you really are exists beyond your wildest dreams. After all, what’s harmonizes the balance between the internal and external, the Self and the Collective?