Self-love appears to be difficult to achieve.
There are so many things about ourselves that seem to get in the way.
Everything from what we have been told since we where children to what we have experienced as adults.
There always seems to be more reasons not to love ourselves than to love ourselves.
Yet, we can achieve that peaceful place.
It does take work. It does take self-reflection.
Mostly, it takes the willingness to look at all sides of ourselves and love them.
It means not just loving who we are, it means loving where we come from.
That is often the toughest part.
Can we love our family?
Can we love our parents?
Regardless of our experience or our perceptions, if we can not love our parents, how can we love ourselves?
After all, our parents are a part of ourselves.
They live inside of us.
They are in our DNA.
Their imprint on us is a large part of who we are.
It may not be easy to do, especially when there is abuse and trauma involved.
Yet when we come to that point, that point of forgiveness and acceptance, we achieve great peace.
When we learn to love the unlovable, we have truly learn to love ourselves.
Yes, it is a process.
Yes, it takes time.
Yes, it often takes guidance and support from other people.
Yet when we arrive, regardless of how much effort or struggle it took, we find it more than worth it.
Are you ready to begin your journey of self-love and self-acceptance?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant