Love and devotion.
It’s February. Valentine’s Day may be a greeting card holiday in your mind, but what if you allow yourself to just think of this month as a a month devoted to love. For no other reason than–why not?
Love is awesome. Love can heal. Love can inspire. Love can create warmth when it’s cold and happiness when your sad. Love is a choice that you can make in any moment. Like this very moment–right now. What feeling are you having that you can blanket in love?
If I ask you to think about love you might have images of your romantic partner pop up in your head. Or maybe your kids, or your parents. Maybe even your dog. Who do you love?
To love someone means to deeply care about them and their wellbeing. Love enables you to put their needs above your own, and miraculously have your own needs fulfilled in doing so. You desire to be in the company of those you love; to touch them, to gaze in to their eyes, to listen to their pain and through your compassion melt it like the sun melts the snow.
Of all the people in your life, you are most devoted to the ones you love. Devotion is a voluntary commitment, a dedication to service by means of the heart. There is an honor and a reverence to devotion. You may not even be conscious of it, but it makes you feel alive. It gives meaning to your life.
What if…what if you were devoted to yourself?
What if you turned those heart-eyed emojis toward your own heart, your own soul? What if you cloaked your own pains, your own sadness, your own being with love?
What if you imagined every love song you heard on the radio was written by you–to you?
In order to create outrageously romantic, fulfilling, inspiring relationships with other people in our lives, we must be madly and passionately in love with ourselves.
Seeking to create that reality outside of ourselves is a futile endeavor if when we turn within we are swimming in discontent, judgement, or disappointment.
There is a young child within you who is sweet and innocent and gazing up at you with begging eyes for love and acceptance. And there is also an infinite spirit within you who is lovingly gazing at you with compassionate permission to set your criticisms aside and know that beyond your roles and your senses and your physical bod–you are perfect.
How would you talk to someone you truly loved? How would you treat someone you were devoted to?
Be lovingly devoted to yourself.
Sing a love song to yourself. Write yourself a love note. Give yourself a hug. Buy yourself fresh flowers and expensive chocolate.
Experience what it feels like to be the focus of your own love and devotion. Notice how your outside world changes when you do. This is a shift to a higher vibration of living, creating an energy that magnetizes more love to your life. Teach yourself how to receive it.