(Written June 2, 2009)
By God, when you see your own beauty, you will be the idol of yourself. ~Rumi
I adore Rumi, the mystical poet and treasured devotee of Love. The above is one of my favourite lines of his, as it encapsulates the very thing I teach in my DIVA Classes; the art of loving yourself.
I truly believe that when you genuinely have a healthy dose of love, respect and appreciation for yourself, all things in your life naturally fall into place. It is my belief that the core of any problem we face in life (be it our health, finances, relationships or career) is the underlying belief that we are not worthy, that we don't deserve abundance and prosperity, that we don't deserve to feel good.
If we truly loved ourselves we would never abuse our bodies, we wouldn't constantly criticize ourselves, we would never allow someone to mistreat us and we would certainly not live in chaos or work in a job we hate. Think of how vastly different your life would be if you actually thought and believed, 'I love and approve of myself exactly as I am.' It's incredible to think about, isn't it?
Louise L. Hay (a renowned speaker and writer in Metaphysics and author of the bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life) says that this thought alone is the greatest and most important thought you'll ever think, and she suggests you repeat it to yourself hundreds of times each day till it becomes natural. Why not? Most of us repeat the same negative thoughts in our head for hours, days, weeks and even years! So why not switch it up and see what happens?
We've trained ourselves for years how to deny ourselves love and it hasn't worked. So let's switch the tape and create a new inner landscape. We all deserve to be happy. It's essentially what we were born to do. Even the Dali Lama said so! As for the picture above, it is from a fun night I had recently with some friends and I just loved how happy I looked in it! I thought, now there's a lady who's enjoying life! Wonderful! I'm right on track then :)