“Love your neighbor as yourself.” The second greatest commandment according to Jesus (Mark 12:31). Most of the time we think of this as difficult because, jeez, some people are super annoying or weird or… you get the idea. But what if this commandment is difficult because we don’t truly love ourselves? What if all the bad ways people treat each other is because we ARE loving our neighbor in the same way we love ourselves – we don’t.
Do you love yourself? Unconditionally? Can you go look into your own eyes in the mirror and honestly speak to your reflection “I love and accept every part of you?” If you can, spread the love! If you, like many of us, are not able to do this, here are a few ways you can increase your self love.
- Take time to get to know your self. Spend time in meditation or journaling or take a solo vacation. What things do you like to do? What do you not like to do? Start to observe how you interact with others and how you interact with yourself. What does that voice in your head say to you all day? Stop negative self talk. Replace it with uplifting, encouraging words.
- Make time to romance yourself. Just like any other relationship, unconditional love and acceptance of self takes effort. Since you’ve gotten to know what you like and what makes you happy, spend time and effort doing those things. Bring joy to your life. Feel how worthy you are of that joy – from you, to you.
- Once you know you are worthy of love, start to accept God’s unconditional love for you. It has always been there, you just need to allow it to seep into your life. You are never alone. You are always being guided toward good in your life. God wants you to be happy and to live the life He created you to live, you just have to trust and accept. So, spend a little time with God learning even more about who you are and how much He loves you. He sacrificed his only child to die for you, after all.
Express gratitude and have faith.
You are worthy of so much love. And once you feel that, you can become a light to the world – spreading joy, happiness, and love to all your neighbors.
What is one action you can take today to increase your self love and self acceptance? Comment below! If you desire more personal guidance to self love and acceptance, click here.