It Begins Within

07/30/2013

your task rose-rumiMarianne Williamson has written that loving ourselves isn’t selfish; it’s humble. To think that we are not worthy of our own love is to forget that we are a child of God. This isn’t suggesting we’re not flawed, but rather that we offer love to ourselves while we are learning better, while we are improving. We can decide to love our self right now, right here. Just the way we are. 

hug you rockThere are goals I’m striving for and ways I’m inspired to keep learning. And there are times I fall down and feel too hurt to get back up. But I always do, because I know every wound carves me into a larger being, a wiser heart, a deeper spirit.

The life-long, on-going process of ‘growing up’ keeps me wildly interested in life. Our world is fascinating, terrific, terrible, upsetting, awe-inspiring and heart-breakingly beautiful. Life is incredible, all of it, and accepting and loving ourselves helps celebrate that!

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Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others… 

Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion.  – Margo Anand

Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.  – Ellen Sue Stern

You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.  – Ram Dass

It’s not your job to like me… it’s MINE!        – Byron Katie

Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.  – Marianne Williamson
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(As always, my gratitude to the creators of these images, randomly sourced off the Internet)

9 responses to It Begins Within

  1. 

    Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    This has been an incredibly difficult and challenging lesson to learn for me over the years. I needed to accept, forgive, and love myself. Loving myself responsibly makes me a better gift for others. I had the opportunity to hear Marianne Williamson present and it was truly inspirational.

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      Thank you Ivon! I am honoured to have you share this post on your inspirational blog. I have (and have re-read) all her books, listened to many of her CD’s and have watched her on TV specials, but I’ve yet to see Ms. Williamson in person. I am so happy for you!
      Thanks again, Gina

  2. 

    Such a lovely post Gina…yes most of the time we are taught that ..loving oneself is being selfish…
    thank you for sharing these lovely thoughts…
    Namaste
    Sriram

    • 

      Thank you Sriram. You understand an important point I am conveying. While many of us grew up being taught it is selfish to put oneself first, there is another way to look at it: that in being self-honoring, we are honoring all around us, and this is the foundation we must begin from.
      Namaste
      Gina

  3. 

    I love Marianne Williamson! This is really great and very inspiring!

  4. 

    I do so love your posts, Gina, and here you’ve really hit the nail on the head! Love Williamson, love all the visuals and perfect quotes you find. You really are an artist. Also, loving the trending I’m seeing on the self-love. Such an important first step to serving others. Hugs! Jamie

    • 

      Hello Jamie! What a nice comment from you, dear heart. Your kindness means so much. Supportive feedback helps buoy us up as we endeavour to uplift, while keeping it real and honest by sharing our personal stories. That’s one of the things I enjoy so much about your blog, how you share your journey from where you were to how you got here. Bless your heart my friend. Big hugs being sent your way! xo Gina