"It all begins with loving yourself," my friend said when we discussed how easy it is to say what we want to do about our eating and exercise habits and our sleep patterns—and how difficult is the follow-through to make necessary changes.
Yes, it does begin there. Self-love is so important. And it's not something most of us women ever learned, I have discovered. In fact, many of us grew up thinking self-love equated with vanity and pride. Not so. Loving yourself doesn't mean you think you're better than anyone else. It's simply that: loving your self, loving who you were created to be, loving your body, loving your abilities, loving your spirit. It's a healthy thing to do, actually.
When you are able to love your self, you are much more able to love others. When you loathe yourself or feel shame over who you are, it's much easier to be judgmental and resentful of others for what they have and who they are.
And you will have more motivation to be healthy, to want to care for your body and spirit, to hold it in reverence.
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