Self-love is contagious
Why is self-love contagious? I think this quote sums it up beautifully:
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you” – Rupi Kaur
Does that ring true to you?
Think of the people in your life who seem to be able to quietly love themselves. They may have the capacity to accept their shortcomings. The ability to laugh about themselves and to be vulnerable. This allows them to make sure their needs are met. As well as setting boundaries and do the daily self-care things with grace.
What does it feel like to be AROUND these people?
I don’t know about you, but for me being around such a person feels like permission. Permission to feel how contagious their self-love is. Like I can relax around them. Or like I’m safe with them, and maybe I can accept my own shortcomings with humor and grace too. Knowing it’d be okay to say “no” to them if I need to so my needs are met. These are the people I find it easiest to be vulnerable around, show my true self to, connect with and ultimately LOVE.
Because they model it so beautifully, it’s easy to respect their boundaries. Because they spread their ability to self-love it’s easy to care for them and to enjoy life with them. It’s easy to love them in the way they want to be loved because they show you. These aren’t the most “flawless” people, but the “flaws” are wrapped in humor, honesty, and love and inevitably, I catch some of that self-love (and am eternally grateful for it).
What does it feel to develop more self-love?
If you wanted to develop these qualities more, to learn the energetics of love & relationships so you can love yourself deeper and be a greater source of love in your life, you wouldn’t only be doing this for YOU.
For those of you in a partnership, get ready for your partner to start responding differently to you as you learn and apply these things.
How about if you’re a parent? Give your children the life-long gift of a self-loving parent. (My sense is that this will be a life-long protective factor for them).
But what If you’re a friend? watch your friendships transform & flourish (word of warning: some friendships may have to change or fall away).
And if you’re calling in a partner… enjoy becoming magnetic to love AND gain the invaluable skills and awareness needed to start your new relationship (with the right person!) on a healthy, loving foot.