Oscar Wilde famously said in one of his plays, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” This heartwarming statement has such deep meaning and is so much truer than we may be aware. Loving ourselves and feeling excited by our own presence and the mystery of our lives—and ultimately being our own best friend—is the foundation from which we live our greatest lives!
This Sunday, February 15, I am thrilled to be hosting the “I Love Me Workshop: Fall In Love with Yourself, Mind, Body, & Spirit” at The W Hotel Union Square in New York City, from 1–6 p.m. Joining me is an incredible lineup of women who really embody self-love and are living their magnificent lives to the fullest: Kathryn Budig, Michele Promaulayko, Keri Glassman, Veronica Bosgraaf, and Tara Stiles.
If you are joining us, I am looking forward to seeing you and sharing an amazing day of meditation, thought-provoking discussions, yoga sessions, and music. If you are unable to attend, sign up for the live stream and join us for this day devoted to practicing self-love.
As a preview, with this Valentine’s Day 2015 upon us tomorrow, I propose that we all make a conscious effort to love ourselves unconditionally, the way we would someone who is very precious to us. After all, from the beginning to the end, no one is closer to us than we are to ourselves! Here are a few ways to remind us of how incredibly special we are:
- Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers. Flowers brighten a room, warm a heart, and bring a smile to our face. Go to your local florist or market and spend some time smelling and appreciating the present moment with the beautiful bouquets before choosing one that speaks to your heart.
- Create a Sacred Mantra Heart. Download and print out this line drawing of a Valentine’s heart, and then get out your colored markers or pencils, and begin to write your Sacred Mantra in the image over and over again until all the white space is filled in. While you write your mantra, focus on self-love and self-appreciation. Display your finished Sacred Mantra artwork as a reminder of your love.
- Write yourself a love note. If you have some nice stationery or a card or even a blank piece of paper, write yourself a love note. In this letter, write about all the things that are wonderful about you. Be creative and honest; don’t hold back. This is about appreciating and deeply loving the beautiful person you are. This is not about ego; it’s about true love. When you’re finished, place it in a book you open often as a beautiful reminder for years to come.
- Do something nice for yourself. This can really be anything! Maybe you buy yourself a little gift or treat yourself to a spa service. Maybe you just spend some time in the garden, take a bath, or have your favorite meal. Whatever you choose, make sure you plan to be in the moment, truly being with you and take the time to make this experience special. You truly deserve it!
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.”