Self love is the starting point, not the end game, of our conscious growth and development. For most of us, myself included, it's much easier to talk about loving ourselves than it is to actually practice it.
What if we lived our lives with a deeper awareness of the fact that we create our experience of life at any moment? Imagine what our lives if we stopped blaming our experience on external circumstances.
I have a love-hate relationship to conflict. I love it when things "work out," but hate it when they don't. I fear things not working out, people's feelings getting hurt, or me losing something important.
Many of us run away or hide from our fears because they seem scary, uncomfortable, or embarrassing. We also erroneously think we "shouldn't" have them or that we are somehow "wrong" for feeling scared.
What if we lived more of our lives focused on who we are, and not so much on what we do, what we've accomplished, what we look like, who we know, what we're striving for and more? What if the most important thing in life is actually who we are?
Many of us, myself included, get so obsessed with doing things "right," or at the very least not doing anything that could be perceived as "wrong," we organize much of what we say and do to avoid ever being "wrong."
It often seems more exciting to focus on our resolutions for the coming year than it does to look back. However, before we jump ahead, it's essential that we complete the year with power and appreciation.