You Deserve Your Own Love

07/29/2013

Sadi, a 13th Century Persian poet, advised “If thou of fortune be bereft, And in thy store there be but left, Two loaves, sell one and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”

Being in the presence of beauty, keeping our spirits lifted, and enjoying some recreation are all just as important as accomplishing mundane, necessary tasks. All the achievements in the material world are meaningless if your heart is empty.

To love yourself is to give your soul the nourishment it needs.

be beautiful accept yourself Thich Nhat Hanhfall in love with yourself Alan Cohenyou yourself deserve your love

22 responses to You Deserve Your Own Love

  1. 

    deserve is such a complicated word….

    • 

      That’s true. Here I am referring to that principle teaching that Love is why we’re here, and Joy is our birthright. Also, the last image with the wise quote from Buddha was my primary inspiration for this title. 🙂

  2. 

    First rate! A wonderful end to my day. Hugs, Barbara

  3. 

    I often wonder if there is a place we can get to which transcends “deserving” and “not deserving” – a bit like Rumi’s field in his poem where life transcends “right” and “wrong.” Just thinking out aloud.

    • 

      Hi Don, I always welcome ‘thoughts out loud’ and I know what you mean. When Buddha said that ‘You.. deserve your own love..’ as much as we give to anyone else it reminds me of Jesus urging us to love our neighbour as we love ourself, to love ourself as we would love anyone we care about. My turn for just thinking out loud. Hugs, Gina

  4. 

    This put me in a good spot this morning. Thank you! Joanne

  5. 

    I love the Alan Cohen quote, Gina. He’s a favorite of mine. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. 
    jolynproject 08/07/2013 at 8:07 am

    “All the achievements in the material world are meaningless if your heart is empty. ” I had to post this on Twitter. I linked the tweet back to you. More people need to read the full message! 🙂

  7. 

    The paradox: realizing that we are both known and loved frees us to know ourselves and to love human be-ing in its unfinished state.

    It’s a delightful adventure to explore your posts. Thanks.

    • 

      Eileen that is a beautifully worded observation. Thank you so kindly for sharing your wonderful and welcome comments. It is a delight to have you here, and I enjoy your posts as well. Blessings, Gina

  8. 

    Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we taught this is school! XO ~ Trèsors De Luxe
    http://www.tresorsdeluxe.wordpress.com