Happy Self-Love Day!
My friend Christine Arylo, author of Madly in Love with ME: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend, has declared Feb. 13 to be the International Day of Self-Love. You can read more about it, and download her free Self-Love Kit here.
In her self-love kit, she challenges each of us to choose a branch of the self-love tree, and focus on that for the next year. They’re all good categories, so it’s hard to choose!
- Self Acceptance
- Self Care
- Self Compassion & Forgiveness
- Self Empowerment
- Self Esteem
- Self Expression
- Self Honor & Self Respect
- Self Pleasure
- Self Trust
- Self Worth
- Self-Awareness & Self Honesty
For me personally, I’m constantly in need of extra work on Self-Compassion and Self-Forgiveness (I’m going to commit to forgiving myself for needing to work on forgiving myself more! *chuckle*.) And she’s spot on when she lists “self-worth” as the root of the whole tree.
In terms of the title of this post, however, I’m going to go out on a limb (ha ha!) and say that for the purposes of loving yourself as part of loving more (whether that’s through polyamory or any other “outside the box” path), that Self-Awareness and Self-Honesty are key. If you don’t know yourself, and understand your own needs, it’s hard for you to truly understand the needs of another. And of course honesty is a crucial cornerstone of any polyamorous relationship… and honesty with others begins with honesty with yourself.
Being honest here, I’m behind in posting this message, and so many of you will not see it till tomorrow. That’s ok. (See how I forgave myself there? ;)) You can still check out her book on Amazon, download the free kit, and get a lot of good out of working on loving yourself, whether that’s today, tomorrow, or at any point during the year. And tomorrow, you can share it all with those you love… whether that’s one other, many others … or just you. After all, don’t you deserve to give yourself a Valentine’s Day gift, too? 😉
With much LOVE to all,
PS: It’s still not too late to take advantage of my Valentine’s coaching specials! I’m happy to help you in whatever way you need, in your path to loving more, whether that’s through guided visualizations to support your self-love, or by helping you craft personalized Agreements with others. Let me know how I can help YOU create your own best life and loves!
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[© 2013 Dawn M. Davidson]