Looking back, I’ve always been lucky in love. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had my own share of heartbreak. But in the scheme of things I’ve never been that girl that swears off of all men and dons black on Valentine’s Day. I guess even when things looked bleak I still had hope that love would prevail and perhaps because of this attitude it always did.
The essence of Valentine’s Day is incredibly wonderful if you think about it. A whole day honoring love sounds like a pretty brilliant idea to me. In my life I feel that there are only two main emotions – love and fear. All of the other emotions you can feel are simply subcategories of these two. So, to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to celebrate love in all its forms – joy, happiness, hope, confidence, kindness, tenderness, passion, devotion, hope, gratitude, and peace. This holiday by no means needs to be solely about romantic love.
For me, the best way to celebrate love is to spread it all around. If you want love in your life you must be willing to give it away. I’m not saying that you should run through the streets shouting, “I love you,” to every person you meet, but that wouldn’t be too bad of an idea would it? Just being kind to those around you, grateful to those in your life that inspire you, and offering your undivided attention to those that mean the most to you for one single day may usher in positive emotions and feelings that snowball into a mountain of love at the center of your life.
Now if you’re still wrinkling your nose in disgust at this post and the coming of Valentine’s Day I offer you this: What if for just one day you practiced loving yourself? What if you walked into your yoga class looked at yourself in the mirror and decided to allow yourself to love that person staring back at you? What if you focused on what is going right with your body, your life, and your relationships, instead of what’s not? Love has to start with you.
Honestly, this is the hardest part of a Bikram Yoga class – looking at your self in the mirrors, with the bright lights blaring down, wearing very little clothing and still accepting yourself and offering compassion to that person reflected back at you.
So this Valentine’s Day I wish you this. I wish that you become an ambassador of love. That you fall in love with yourself, your life, and offer love to those around you. Grab your red sports bra, get into the hot room, look in the mirror and smile at what you see. You might be surprised at what you find.
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