February is traditionally considered the month of LOVE. With an abundance of hearts, flowers and valentines on display everywhere we go, we often think of romantic love. But what about self-love? Self-love should not be confused with being selfish. Self-love is about honoring the divine being that you are. How often have we been told that we can't love another until we love ourselves first? Or that we cannot fill a glass with an empty pitcher? Or that we should first put on our own oxygen mask before attempting to assist others? These are timeless truths that most will not disagree with. But how many of us actually practice self-love? We can all practice self-love by making nourishing choices for ourselves in body, mind and spirit. I encourage you to choose to spend time this month engaging in self-nourishing activities. Make yourself a healthy and delicious meal or beverage, spend time out in nature, practice meditation or yoga, go to the gym, have dinner with a good friend, take a bath, treat yourself to a massage or reiki treatment, get a pedicure, or plan a trip. Whatever activities you choose, participate mindfully. Be present and undistracted. And if the voices of self-criticism, worry, anger, guilt or fear should enter your mind, calmly tell them they are not welcome.
I hope you choose to practice "self-love" this month and continue this practice throughout your life. And if you do, you will be assisting all of humanity, for the joy and peace that you will emanate as a result will be contagious and spread across the planet!
In love and light,
Wendy Koreyva is a Reiki Master and certified Meditation & Yoga Teacher. She founded the Crystal Lotus Meditation & Wellness Center in 2011, with the intention of providing a safe and nurturing space for members of her community to experience peace, relaxation, and healing. Wendy’s passion is to assist others in reconnecting to their true selves.