The Power of Self-Love
If you have a vision of a more peaceful world, consider the words of Carl Jung, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” When you start by loving yourself including having compassion, having no judgments, being kind, being forgiving, and healing your heart of old wounds, you contribute to a more peaceful world.
We can increase love in the world by examining our own lives. There is a famous story about writer and philosopher G.K. Chesterton, which says he submitted an essay to a Times of London contest which asked applicants to answer the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” His response: “I am.”
The more you look within and work on creating love in your life, in your corner of the world, the more you will bring about change.
Self-love can also help with our physical healing. According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, “As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does: it improves your hearing, your eyesight, it lowers your blood pressure, it increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, it helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. This isn’t just some little frou-frou, new-age notion, ‘Oh, love yourself honey.’ This is hardcore science.”
If you have trouble loving yourself, start with something you like about yourself. Everyone has something they like about themselves. It can be something physical, like your eyes or your smile. It can be a skill or talent or it can be something within such as your kind heart or gentle spirit.
However you choose to practice self love, it is worth remembering that one person can make a difference!