5 WAYS TO MANIFEST SELF LOVE X A YOGI PERSPECTIVE
It really is a balance between self-care, self-confidence, and self-love. One benefit of yoga is the idea that we should aim to become less critical of ourselves. To love ourselves means that we give ourselves space for improvement and quiet the judgement that we place into our lives. I use the word "place" because it is something that can be observed and developed from within. Self love manifests over time. But it takes mindfulness. I've decided to write today's post about how one can love themselves a little more, without shame, regardless of what the world is telling you.
SELF-ABSORPTION VS. SELF-CONFIDENCE
I admit, we are part of a selfie-taking, attention-seeking, self-promoting society. It's something we all struggle with, we find ourselves feeling guilty sometimes, wondering if we share too much. Do I look self-absorbed? Am I being too flashy? Should I put myself out there more? These are questions that spring to mind as a yogi and young person who is working to help others learn about the benefits of yoga. In our teacher training, there was debate over what we should and should not share, what is appropriate, etc.
For me, I've always been on the side of loving yourself and doing what makes you feel good about yourself, as long as it does not harm another being. If you have creative juice, that should not be stifled. There's no rule that says you cannot have various interests and put them out there. Although, I do try to keep one principle in mind, Pratyahara. It is the fifth principle out of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It means to withdraw from the world, to create space between yourself and what is happening externally. This helps me to find balance and stick to my true self amidst the over-saturation of images and videos.
I believe that what you put out into the world does come back. We live in a digital age, but that doesn't mean we can't share parts of ourselves. I typically post what makes me happy or reminds me of good times. Remaining mindful and reminding ourselves that social platforms are only extensions of who we are is key. By keeping this in the forefront of our activities, we can better engage with a detached approach. We react less to what is unhealthy and respond more to what makes us authentic and genuine.
IN GIVING, WE LET LOVE IN
Loving yourself means that you are kind to yourself. But it is also wonderful to give back to others. You can volunteer locally (I use Voly.org) or donate to an organization you are passionate about. For me, I love to go shopping and find pretty items and new products. After a while, I realized that if I was going to buy things, then that also meant that I had expendable income to give. So I decided that every paycheck I received, I would donate a small portion to a different organization. It wasn't that I was looking for the karma credit, but more so my small way of being thankful and showing some compassion.
It feels good to give. In fact, the more I do it, the more I feel a deeper love for others. Thus, those intentions and deeds come back and feed the soul in a deeper, yet loving way. I am on a journey, and I know that life is not all about me me me. We gain intangibly through giving our time or effort towards someone or something outside ourselves, and in turn, that brings love into our lives. True self love.