The Master travels all daywithout leaving home.However splendid the views,she stays serenely in herself.
“Who would you be in people’s presence withoutfor examplethe story that anyone should care about youever? You would be love itself. When you believe the myth that people should careyou’re too needy to care about people or about yourself. The experience of love can’t come from anyone else; it can come only from inside you” (Byron KatieA Thousand Names for Joyp71).
I was fortunate to learn from an early age that loving yourself is necessary for experiencing any kind of love at all. I knew that the degree of love one experiences in life is a reflection of the love one feels for herself. This knowledge made me bold—I thought I could only love myself thoroughly if I had a strong sense of self. I made it my goal to live with intention; I owned my words and actionswore my heart on my sleeve, and strived to live without regrets. In knowing myself wellI was able to identify what I wanted in lifeand who I wanted in my life. Love opened a lot of doors. This doesn’t mean I didn’t experience my share of mistakes or disappointments; certainly I did. But through it allthere was love.
What I know is that love begins with self-acceptance. We must embrace everything: the goodthe badthe ugly. All parts of us are beautiful. We celebrate every encounterevery actionevery word and every thought, for in these experiences there are valuable lessons we gain or teach another.
If love is lacking in your lifechange begins in you. Whether it is something in your life that you need to shift; or something about yourself that you need to acceptit all comes down to you and your relationship with self. Consider this: every day is a fresh start; every moment is a fresh startevery breath is a fresh start.
What do you need to do right now so that you can let love in?
Who do you need to be right now so that you can let love in?