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What is Self-Love

by HanaLaeh
11 Nov 2015

What is Self-Love?

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Self-love

/ˈˌself ˈləv/
noun

noun: self-love
regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).

Self-love, warmth and feelings of openness are really natural to us, yet self-love has traditionally been seen as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness.  However, in 1956, psychologist and social philosopher Erich Fromm proposed that loving oneself is different from being egocentric, conceited or arrogant, meaning instead caring about oneself, and taking responsibility for oneself.

We’re taught by society that our worth is found in the idols of our culture, status, technology, certain attractiveness, youth, sex, power, money, and romantic relationships. But if you base your self-worth on the external world, you’ll never be capable of self-love. We often flood our minds with thoughts of, “I’m not enough, I don’t have enough, and I don’t do enough.”

Erich Fromm proposed a re-evaluation of self-love in a positive sense, arguing that in order to be able to truly love another person, a person needs first to love oneself, by having to respect oneself, and know oneself (e.g. be realistic and honest about one’s strengths and weaknesses).

Feeling worthy requires you to see yourself with fresh eyes of self-awareness, and love. Acceptance and love must come from within.

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

You don’t have to be different to be worthy. Your worth is in your true nature, a core of love and inner goodness. You are love. You are a beautiful light. We can bury our magnificence, but it’s impossible to destroy.

Loving ourselves isn’t a one time event. It’s an endless, every-day, moment by moment ongoing process.

Sublime360: Art of self love is taking self-love to a fun new creative level.  Through the discovery and creative process of photography and making art, you get to to celebrate your body temple, guilt-free and unrestricted.  You get to be the REAL YOU, raw and authentic, painted in clouds of your inner dreams and fantasies that reveal you most authentic core.

Each artwork is intertwined with the spirit of the subject in the work. You are someone that deserve to be celebrated. To the rest of the world, you may be a friend, mom, ordinary business leader, teacher, etc. But in Art of Self-Love you’ll be perceived in vibrant colors with your inner spirit rising above the organic curves below. Sublime360° art is multi-faceted and made with love.

After successfully empowering other women around the world through art and the creative process, and helping them discover their freedom, authenticity, and self-love that allowed them to live their dreams, my deepest desire is that I’ll be able to help you do the same.

SELF-LOVE IS:

Forgiving myself and everyone else, because life is for giving
Speaking my truth
Rubbing love in with the lotion
Listening to the silence
Making a joyful noise
Tasting a snowflake
Standing tall
Sitting with dignity

Cocreating my beautiful dream of life
Treehugging
Sun and Moon bathing
Taking a nice nap
Stretching
Past: Seeing how far I’ve already come
Present: Accepting me for who I am today
Holding my inner child in Compassion

Nourishing my Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit
Listening to my inner voice
Creating my ideal life and stepping into it
Future: Setting reasonable, healthy goals for self-improvement
Patting myself on the back (or wherever it feels good)
Laughing with, not at, myself
Touching and being touched with love
Allowing myself to just BE

Belly breathing
Making silly faces
Blowing bubbles
Filling myself with the joy, peace, and love all around me
Gazing into my own eyes and seeing my beauty
Letting my light SHINE Celebrating … me!
Embracing myself and life to the fullest
Massaging Mother Earth with my toes

Owning my “stuff” then letting it go
Feeling… healing… and dealing with my emotions
Dancing sweet medicine with Heaven and Earth
Giving thanks for all things great and small
Letting my inner kid out
Caressing and blessing
Breathing in peace, out release

Remembering: I AM LOVE.

With love & gratitude,

HanaLaeh