The Journey of Self Love

The Journey of Self Love

Did you know that February is Self Love Month?   Such an audacious concept if you were raised to be self-less and put everyone else first.   Or were taught you were worth-less.  Not as deserving of love, kindness or respect because you’re the wrong gender, size, color or sexual orientation.  Or you’re too sensitive, emotional, intelligent or different.   How do you begin to touch self love if you’re carrying a trash bag full of lies and stories around with you? When you’ve taken so many missteps already?   If your journey started anywhere close to the self-loathing and recrimination mine did it’s tough to jump headlong into self-love.  You may have to start with “permission” to love yourself as well as preliminary groundwork like self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and self-discovery before you can get there.   Make no mistake this is a journey worth taking. Your self-love is a beautiful blessing – bringing more love and light to a trouble human family.   While this is a journey you can only take for yourself it is so much easier when you open to support and guidance along the way.  With a loving mentor or friend holding the space you can begin to gently explore beneath all of the inner shoulds, outer projections and family and cultural baggage you carry.   You then learn to distinguish you from the lies, masks and misconceptions you’ve come to believe are you.  You gradually learn to accept and care for yourself. Eventually you come to recognize, appreciate and yes love the unique being that is you.   But to get there you have...
Sensual Pleasure: Our Sacred Feminine Legacy

Sensual Pleasure: Our Sacred Feminine Legacy

Hi Love, So we’re one month into the New Year, what have you been pursuing in 2016? I was lying on my dear friend’s massage table yesterday receiving the most exquisite facial. It was a gift to spend time with a soul sister and receive her caring, gentle touch. I felt so nurtured and it relaxed me from head to toe.  Not one shred of tension survived.   I was soft as jelly with a gurgling belly and all I could say was ahhhhh. It was so delicious. Especially after arriving wrapped tight for my appointment with my shoulders up around my ears from a day of hurried “to do’s”. That’s the power of sensual pleasure that comes when you slow down to the speed of digestion and respiration.   This year I am making a conscious choice to open to more pleasure.    In fact, my friend and I talked about that while I lay on the table. Early, in my spiritual path I recognized that each of the teachers I most admired all had meditation practices. With that recognition I began to practice meditation more consistently with very beneficial results. These days the teachers I most want to emulate are all women who are committed to self love and opening to sensual pleasure in their lives. While they experience it through different means they all place pleasure at the top of their priority list. And it shows in their radiant, full and vital aliveness. Even after a short while of making pleasure a priority I can feel the benefits it’s having in my body and my life....

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