Self Love: The Art of Loving Thyself!
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Last year, I used music as a muse for journaling my inner growth. Some were posted on my blog, Dancing Naked from my Heart. This is one of those that became an important piece and influenced my relationship with myself. I share here as my first post because of that reason and the importance of knowing ourselves and loving ourselves.
Music Muse – I Think it’s Going to Rain Today by Nina Simone Link to music/lyrics – http://www.azlyrics.com/
This song has so much in it, and it would be easy to write simply about the evocative lyrics and their meaning. But I think it would be too obvious, and the obvious is rarely what comes to my mind in my writing.
While there is so much to write concerning how humans treat each other and those that have much less than others, I am reminded that how we treat others is indicative of how we treat ourselves. I have found that when self-love is lacking, so is love for others. If we cannot love ourselves, then how can we love another? Impossible!
I am talking about real love for ourselves – not just a sound bite or perfunctory type of love – real, honest, raw love! That is an obvious. Here is the not so obvious. What happens when we take a friendship for granted? Does that mean we take ourselves for granted? Yes, I firmly believe so. Here is why! Each morning, we get out of bed, shower, dress – whatever our regular routine is. Then we go out the door to work, school, where ever it is we go to.
We are the “Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles with frozen faces to keep love away.” We keep our heads down focused on what is coming for the day, not thinking about our own self-care or our own well-being. We take for granted the smallest acts of kindness for ourselves.
Self-care is not always about eating right, exercising, and getting the right amount of sleep, even though that is a big piece. Self-care is that quick look in the mirror and a smile at myself, taking the time to take a moment to breathe and appreciate who I am, and taking a moment to acknowledge all those things, events, people – stuff – for which I am so grateful! When I take the time to do this, I treat my friends and people I care about so much better. I enjoy my day, and when something occurs that threatens to bring the negative thoughts in my life, it is easier to just smile and breathe.
The act of self-care and self-love means that I am in this life to live – not just exist. I want to invite love into my life – not chase it away. Allowing the rain to fall, cleansing and washing away the surface “dirt” brings a fresh new start. Allowing the rain to fall and feeling the newness and immense possibilities of a fresh new start brings me, and I hope you, the joy of life, the joy of love, the joy of friendship, and yes, the joy of loving myself. I love the sun, but I say today, bring on the rain!
Camille is a poet, author, and artist with two books coming out soon. She leads women’s empowerment workshops and retreats focused on improving body image and teaching women to embrace their own beauty and sensuality. While the body of her work is in erotica and romance, she focuses on the strength of women and their inner voices. Kind hearted and loving, her motivation in writing and art is the beauty of women – all women!