“Just as the key to my healing was unconditional self-love that eliminated fear, the key to a better world is for everyone to care for themselves the same way, realizing their true worth.” ——Anita Moorjani, Dying To Be Me
Today I was feeling stressed and this got me to thinking about the importance of self love and its expression through self-care. It suddenly dawned on me that loving and caring for myself was not simply a means to help me to stay healthy, although that was certainly a big part of it. No, for me, the most important reason was even more fundamental. In fact, you could say it was and is the most important thing in the world to me.
When I care for myself I am able to BE myself, and what could possibly be more important than that? I am able to consciously align with the deepest, truest, most authentic aspect of my being that I can experience at this time. When I lose my sense of connection to self (by not taking care of myself), I also lose the palpable feeling of love and well being which inspires me to serve others.
If I take on more than I can handle, or get caught up in too much stress, I am like a person who walks into a room with a beautiful set of clean clothes, and comes back a muddy mess. There is an art to listening to what the soul truly needs to assist it in blooming on this earth. This voice is often drowned out by a host of “shoulds” and moral judgments that we have been taught, and have internalized, since childhood. When all the shoulds try to seduce us, it is wise to remember that, as Anita Moorjani suggests, the very best thing that we can do for others is to be who we really are.
And the way to stay in touch with who we really are, is to love and care for ourselves enough to make our connection to our own loving essence the most important thing in our lives.