Self Love

Valentine’s Day is like any other holiday in which we take time to remember and celebrate something specific. Thanksgiving is a day to actively be thankful for what you have in your life and a Birthday is a day to do things that celebrate a specific person’s life. Similarly, Valentine’s Day is a day to actively celebrate the love in your life.

One of the most important people you can love is yourself. How many Valentine’s Days have you spent indulging in others’ wants/ needs/ memories? This year, do something for yourself on Valentine’s and give yourself the love and affection you deserve. Practice self-care, and choose something that is not just a treat but has a lasting, uplifting effect.

There’s a difference in indulging in something because it feels good at the moment (eating half a tub of ice-cream) and doing something because not only does it make you happy in the moment but has a positive lingering effect. Go get a massage, pedicure, take extra time at the gym in the steam room, read an inspiring book, fill your home with your favorite scent…anything that says I respect and love my body and the person I am. If you don’t love yourself, how do you expect someone else to love you?

Think about what you love to experience through all five of your senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, & sight. Here’s what I’m filling my Valentine’s Day with:

  • Touch: the feel of my mat under my hands and feet – taking a yoga class from Jenny Wixson
  • Taste: bread pudding – dessert at Karyn’s Cooked
  • Smell: lavender oil – wearing it as my perfume
  • Hearing: great conversation – tea with my good friend Lisa
  • Sight: eager, growing students – teaching three yoga classes, seeing the results of hard work

Celebrate the love you have for yourself and give yourself a little valentine. Which senses will you use?

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