Self-love and the love for others is an incredible gift that knows no limits.
The capacity to love one’s self and others is very freeing. Real change starts with you developing a deep appreciation for yourself just the way you are. When you’re able to look at yourself, even for a few moments, without criticism or judgment, you display the quality of compassion that is remarkably healing. And you can apply this to the people you meet and have relationships with throughout your lifetime.
Why Love is the Answer
Love isn’t just a descriptor for ice cream or baseball or things you enjoy. It’s a feeling that stirs up many emotions. When a person feels loved and non-judged, they’re capable of so much, from healing to living a rich life.
Here are a few ways self-love helps facilitate growth:
- By allowing us to be more compassionate toward ourselves and others. Judgment separates you from both your compassion and from other people. It provides you with the false belief that you are less than or better than someone else. When you replace judgment with tenderness, you’re not pushing love away. In fact, you’re being loving, it boosts your self-esteem and helps you more easily work through the issues bothering you.
- By providing you with the courage to change. Negative thought patterns can keep you stuck in the same cycles of destructive behavior. When you deeply care for yourself, you’re inspired to slowly let go of hang-ups, old hurts, and struggles. It also becomes easier to work with a counselor to achieve your goals pertaining to self-love and loving relationships with the other people in your life.
Healing takes time. It’s hard work but well worth the effort expended. Opening up your heart and mind to the power of love is the first step in becoming whole once again as a person. Setting up an appointment with a Heart-Centered Counselors therapist allows you to work with a professional who can help you here.
Care for yourself and others in a deeply personal and passionate way starting today. When you learn to let go of judgments and expectations through the help of individual or couples counseling, something remarkable happens. You make room for love which helps facilitate deep and long-lasting healing.