Art is a practice, medicine is a practice, and architecture is a practice. Photography, painting, meditation, dance, writing, and yoga is a practice.
What makes these particular things a practice?
A practice is something that has an intrinsic (internal) motivation to achieve excellence both for oneself and for the good of the community. It brings to mind such values as compassion, beauty, healing and enrichment for everyone, not only the practitioner.
Self-love is a practice. As practitioners, we journey along a path that eventually leads to mastery. There is always more to learn. Sometimes we stumble on the path, and sometimes we veer off it altogether.
Even a master practitioner continues to improve her craft. By becoming skilled and dedicated disciples of self-love, we inspire and enable others to realise those qualities in themselves.
How is your self-love practice?
How much time do you devote each day to taking great care of yourself, creating self talk that is positive and empowering, and fostering an attitude of acceptance of your strengths and weaknesses?
This is not just for you, it is for all of us. As we encounter women who are overflowing with love and confidence we are given an antidote to the messages of the media and magazines who tell us we are not skinny/pretty/successful enough.
My practice can be at a different level and involve different priorities to yours, and still be part of a body of work, a community of wisdom. New ideas, experimentation and trial and error are as valid as traditional age-old practices. We collaborate to find new truths.
What are you practicing today? Where are you putting your energy?
Let’s practice self-love and collaborate together to uncover excellence in our lives that we would never find alone.
How do you nurture yourself? How do you practice self-love?
This post is part of #1000Speak for Compassion movement for 20th April, 2015. Please add your own compassion post to the link below, and read and share others.