Self-Love Ritual to Heal and Connect
Valentine's Day is coming and instead of talking about the perfect gift you can give someone, we would like to talk about self-love and the small acts of kindness you can do for your body and mind because loving yourself is essential to achieving your dreams and living the fulfilling life you deserve.
What is self-love? Why is it important? Self-love is accepting yourself fully, treating yourself with kindness and respect, and nurturing your growth and wellbeing. Subconsciously or not, we look to others around us to love us deeply and unconditionally, but what if we could love ourselves the way we expect others to love us?
Who can give you what you don't even believe that you deserve from yourself?
Self-love is the foundation that allows us to be assertive, set boundaries, create healthy relationships with others.
We wanted to share with you a simple self-love ritual that you can try for yourself when you feel disconnected. I think that just finding time to sit down and notice what you are feeling, how you are doing, can help you tremendously in feeling happier.
Self-love Ritual to Heal and Connect
1. Prepare your gift
Now, I know I said that love is more than physical gifts, but it can be a very sacred experience to gift yourself something. It doesn't have to be a physical gift - just something that you've been wanting, but have passed over for another time.
Make it into an experience. If it is a physical gift, wrap it nicely, as if you would for a good friend that you love. Write yourself a lovely note. This might totally sound crazy, but I've personally done it, and it really does feel wonderful.
The whole point of this exercise is to get used to the idea of doing nice things for yourself and not waiting on others to make you happy.
2. Clear your space
Make sure your space feels open and inviting to you. A clean space free of clutter always makes you feel good. The physical world is a reflection of our inner world. I don't know about you, but whenever I clear my space, I immediately feel uplifted and so much more relaxed.
Use soft lighting. Light candles or incense. Breathe deep. Slow down.
3. Journal to reconnect
Journaling is not everyone's cup of tea. It definitely is not mine. I've tried buying journals and I writing in them for like 3 days and then they end up somewhere among my books, unfinished. Instead, I've found a different way to journal. I just record myself talking to my phone camera. Sometimes I do video, sometimes I do a voice note. It's just easier for me. But journaling is something that can benefit you tremendously, no matter if you write in a notebook or speak to a camera.
Here are questions you can journal about:
How have you been feeling?
How are thing going?
What do you want to manifest in your life?
What am I ready to heal?
In what ways can I bring more self-love into my life?
4. Run a bath
Have a bath. Fill it with whatever you love the most. Pour yourself a glass of wine or cold water to have next to you. Then, relax. Try not to think about the future or the past. Just focus on your breath.
5. Connect with your body
It is very important to begin healing the relationship you have to certain parts of your body that you either disconnected from or hold a low view of because you wish the body part looked different.
Why can't we speak words of encouragement and love to ourselves and our bodies the way we do for our friends?
Treat your body well. Eat foods that make you feel good. Move your body. Try a new workout. And most imporatntly, when you look at yourself in the mirror, be kind. Talk to your body in a loving way. Thank your body for the amazing things it's allowing you do and experience in this life. Gratitude is so powerful.
Happy self-loving Valentine's Day!
Cedar Mountain Candle