Why Is Self-Love So Important?

Why Is Self-Love So Important?

Welcome to Lesson 2. I hope you started your day correctly with a morning meditation and that you set the intention for today.

Today we’re exploring:

Why self-love is so important.

Many people feel that self-love is too full of ego and that it’s boastful. That it’s not for them and its only for those who are ‘beautiful’ or ‘successful’, ‘charming’, ‘handsome’ … and all the other adjectives we use for people we think are ‘better’ than us.

Or that it’s a luxury for celebrities and housewives with lots of time on their hands. Something not needed by those of us with real lives and busy schedules.

But, as many psychology studies attest, self-love and self-compassion are key for mental health and well-being, keeping depression and anxiety at bay.

Practicing self-love does not mean telling the world ‘look how amazing I am in X or Y way’. It means looking within yourself, knowing who you truly are, and being happy with that person, flaws and all.

Many of the ‘most beautiful’ celebrities in the world struggle with self-love. Often they experience self-loathing and deep insecurities even though others tell them they are beautiful and perfect, they don’t feel this on the inside.

In the words of Kristin Neff, a professor of human development at the University of Texas:

“Love, connection, and acceptance are your birth right.”

Happiness is something that you’re entitled to, not something that you need to earn. The United Nations even adopted a resolution recognizing that the “pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal”.

While many people believe that having a high regard for themselves is indulgent, conceited, arrogant, or selfish, the opposite is true. The greater your love of self is, the greater your love of others will be. The inverse is also true; hatred of others is indicative of self-hatred.