You’ve heard it before in any number of ways, you must love yourself before you can truly love others. By genuinely loving and accepting yourself, your mere presence brings happiness to others, and the love you exude is infectious. I start and end every class by having my students express love to themselves first. Here’s that very exercise; you can start and end every day with love.
Close your eyes and place your right hand over your heart.
Feel your heart, your center.
Now, place your left hand over your right hand.
Connect with yourself, the center of your being, the source of your love.
Send yourself love, compassion, affection, forgiveness, patience, acceptance.
Breathe in and receive that love.
Now, bring your hands together in prayer at your heart.
And, send out the same love, compassion, affection, forgiveness, patience, acceptance.
Breathe out and send love.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
– Your Charmed Yogi
More Charmed Yogi posts on love:
- Kindness is always possible
- Always lead with your heart
- Selfishly be someone else’s miracle
- 20 ways to open your heart – on and off the mat