How to Love Unconditionally
I struggle with self love. I am gifted in self loathing. I have been told by friends that I am not alone in this place. Having awareness is the first step in the change.
I want to be gentle and loving. If I cannot even treat myself with care, then I cannot treat others with that same attention.
In the last few weeks I have been focusing on myself, my intentions have been all about me, my prayers have all been about me. I meditate on loving kindness in regards to how I treat myself. I pray for an open loving heart for myself. I want to be a softer, accepting and a more loving person to all around me, it begins with me. I have to treat myself with loving kindness so that I may in turn treat those around me the same.
I used to struggle with this whole concept as I thought it was selfish and narcissistic. I am trying to put that aside, I am devoting time to me, I am trying to love myself unconditionally, so that I may devote myself to others with an open mind and heart.
The Russian mystic, Gurdjieff, recommended beginning with house-pets and house-plants when practicing unconditional love.