In this month of February, traditionally focused on “love,” I’m glad to see many articles and classes and teleseminars that address the concept of “self-love.” This seems really revolutionary, as usually Valentine’s Day is represented with images of romantic love, that many times very few of us can replicate in real life. So, why is that so? Why is intimacy in a romantic relationship so difficult? Many times, because the partners have not fallen in love with themselves. As long as we don’t truly love ourselves, we will not be able to attract the right partner to love in reciprocity.
And what does this have to do with raw food and cleansing–or even food justice!?–, you might be asking yourself. Well, it actually does. In order to love ourselves, we need to start a process of detoxing our emotional system from negative feelings like guilt and shame and fear. The practice of self-acceptance and forgiveness are perfect detoxifiers of clutter that usually impedes us to see clearly and open ourselves up to others.
As we honor ourselves, through daily gratitude, by keeping our agreements with ourselves and others, by being “impeccable with our words,” and always doing the best we can (yes, the Four Agreements are fresh in my memory right now), we will start to become aligned with our true selves–not the one that identifies with the hurt and injury that this life has caused us–but with that consciousness that participates in oneness with the intellingence of plants and birds, and the eternal changing of the seasons and the movements of the stars. We are part of that perfect order, we just tend to forget it.
So, these are some ways that help me release those negativities that tend to keep our vision blurred from our authentic identity. A daily discipline of
- stillness, silence and aloneness
- walking in nature
- eating vibrantly live foods
These are some of the practices I recommend my clients to explore.
And, of course, an attitude of unconditional self-acceptance. No matter what we do, how much we “fail,” what mistakes we make, we forgive ourselves and try again. Always.
This is my humble gift to you in this Valentine’s season. Love thyself!